Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Gunmen Kill 4 Relatives of Mexican Cop

Friday, January 6, 2012 |


A group of gunmen killed four family members of a Mexican police officer who allegedly has worked as a lookout for the Los Zetas drug cartel, authorities said Friday.

The victims of Thursday’s attack in this northern metropolis were a 7-year-old girl and three adults, while officer Rolando Luna Santiago and a girl of 8 were wounded.

Several armed men arrived in two vehicles at the municipal police officer’s Monterrey home, burst into the residence and fired at the family with assault rifles before fleeing the scene, witnesses said.

“We’re investigating all the evidence found there to determine who could’ve attacked this family,” Jorge Domene, security spokesman for the Nuevo Leon state government, said.

The cop whose home was targeted in the attack allegedly worked for Los Zetas as a “halcon,” or lookout, police spokespersons said on condition of anonymity.

He apparently was tasked with monitoring the area where police on Thursday arrested Baltazar Saucedo Estrada, the alleged Zetas’ boss in Monterrey and a chief suspect in the Aug. 25 arson attack on a casino in that metropolis that left 52 dead.

Suspects previously detained in the massacre – one of the deadliest attacks on civilians by Mexican organized crime gangs – told authorities that Los Zetas gunmen torched the casino because the gaming establishment’s owner refused to pay protection money.

Saucedo Estrada – a purported mastermind of the casino attack – was arrested early Thursday afternoon, while the shooting at the police officer’s home occurred at night.

Founded by deserters from an elite special forces unit, Los Zetas began as the armed wing of the Gulf drug cartel, but ended that relationship in March 2010 to go into business for themselves.

Regarded as Mexico’s most ruthless cartel, Los Zetas is accused of carrying out the August 2010 massacre of 72 undocumented immigrants near the U.S. border and is suspected in several similar cases.

The group has drawn the ire of older, established cartels through its extensive involvement in extortion, kidnapping for ransom and robbery, crimes that the other drug mobs generally eschew out of a desire to avoid antagonizing the general public.

Source: EFE

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32 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

Sadly, this is probably the only thing that would stop people from helping the Zetas. A seven year old little girl died because her dickhead cop relative helped the Z.

Such a sad human rights situation in Mexico these days.

Anonymous said...

they killed that family for that flaco jotito chapparro de mierdaaaa mamenmen todos los zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz jotozzzzzzz putozzzzzzz mariconezzzzzz

Anonymous said...

Drug use is not the problem. Illegal drug use is.

It provides money that covers the expenses of criminals who otherwise could not even be in the crime business.

Want to take a big bite out of crime?

DUMP THE DRUG LAWS

Anonymous said...

Y'all amazes me. How many times do you have to hear, "if you don't accept our payment for your assistance, you will die." How many times do you have to hear this before you realize these cops have no choice in Mexico. They can keep their jobs, make a little extra money, and live a little while longer. Or they can get killed right then for refusing. It has to really suck to be a police officer in a city ruled by Z but it is what it is. Quit bad mouthing and get a clue. This poor cop was trying to make a living for his family and organized crime "gave him no choice" but to play or die. If you think you can be a police officer in Mexico and be clean of corruption, be my guest. Go do it brave John Waynes. Go. And all those that want all Z hunted down and killed, go do it yourselves. You don't even have to go to Mexico. They are all over Dallas and Houston. And if I hear send the Marines one more time, I think I will throw up. Like our military did shit to change Iraq and Afghanistan. You cannot change culture by force feeding ours own them. As soon as you walk away, everything is status quo. Watch, 5 John Wayne clowns will say, "send the Marines" because they are clueless. LOL

Anonymous said...

JAN.6 2012-11;29PM @ U KNOW DAM WELL IF THE U.S. GET INVOLVED IN MEXICO, IT WILL B OVER FOR THEM CARTELS..

Anonymous said...

@1/6/12 11:53PM. Ok! The USA send The Marines into Mexico and after 5,000 marines are killed the cartels are destroyed, then what the USA and the Marines are going to do when the 40,000,000 american drug addicts start crying and go crazy because they can not get their 8 times a day dose of marijuana, cocaine or meth?

Anonymous said...

Here we go again with the idiotic legalize drug argument....Sure all these problems go away with legalizing drugs for those of you sitting in mommy and daddy's house typing away on your computer......Hello!!! This had nothing to do with drugs!!! These are the same criminals extorting the population and killing them off for not cooperating.....Do you honestly think allowing tree hugger ungroomed Americans legalized pot and coke is going to fix this.....You need to get a job and learn how the world works.

Anonymous said...

11 53 and 6 38
You both make a good point. Its more complicated then people think

Anonymous said...

January 6, 2012 11:29 PM You are so wrong. The cop threw in with the Zetas because it was the easiest thing to do. After seeing his family killed maybe he'll think, damm, throwing in with the Zetas wasn't the best option because my family was going to be hunted down and killed. This is exactly what needs to happen and if you think there aren't a lot of Americans who wouldn't want to be Zeta killers, you're wrong there too. If they formed armed to the teeth well-paid mercenary battalions whose job was to act as paramilitary death squads there would be thousands of volunteers. Hell they would clean out Nuevo Laredo in a week and the bodies would be piled high!

Anonymous said...

The funniest thing about these anti-drug law arguments is that EVEN IF the US Gov decriminalized drugs, the underground market would still exist BUT in Mexico would be worse because their profits would be less and the violence would escalate due to LESS of a market.

I am a libertarian, so I am sympathetic to no drug laws. But the simpletons on this blog who think simply legalizing drugs will solve Mexico's problems don't understand the scope and depth of the drug trade IN Mexico. The violence would INCREASE...think about it.

Anonymous said...

Form armed mercenary groups like the Los Pepes in Colombia who hunted down Pablo Escobars henchmen and kill them. Do not arrest ! Shoot on sight. Form a 2nd amendment to the Mexican constitution for the right to bear arms and arm the populace of Mexico. It will be bloody for a little while, but this problem will go away, just like it did in Colombia.

Anonymous said...

The same thing happened to the police officer on the casino Royale attack, the police officer was a look out, he was arrested and talked and his family was killed.

Anonymous said...

END THE KILLING

DUMP THE DRUG LAWS

Anonymous said...

The marines are already there...mexican marines...and they can really kick some ass....also the cop could have recruiited himself..or not..that is the thing with mexico..it is a very fluid situation..and. who knows what is goin on any given day...but for sure to be a straight ,honest cop in mexico is a real challenge

Anonymous said...

January 6, 2012 11:53 PM ,
now thats some funny shit there,
Send them in to make peace with them later?
Read some current news, the U.S. is making friends with the Taliban as you typed your last comments. Ending prohibition makes more sence
unless your a cop who has to go look for a real job. Prohibition keeps them dougnut eaters employed

Anonymous said...

end the killing KILL THE DRUG USERS, simples.

Anonymous said...

According to what I read, the Casino Royale attack was for $140,000 dollars.

Anonymous said...

So why would anyone who isnt a criminal want to even join the police force in one of these areas knowing they will almost certainly have to work for a cartel and if they refuse or work for them they are in trouble? Honestly..... why in the hell would anyone join the police force in these places?

Anonymous said...

The US Marines would be shit scared in Mexico and couldn't handle the situation. I've seen this with my own eyes and like everywhere else they have stomped their boots around in this world they do nothing but leave an even bigger mess behind when they chicken-out of the wars they put us all into in the first place ohh... and not to mention the fact that they lack morale, have no balls and have no real tactical warfare knowledge other than simulated war games played with night-vision-goggles back at base.

Send in the real elite, The British SAS. We always run around the world cleaning up your mess anyway, might as well go and do it again for you.

After 3 months the all the Cartels will have gone.

Then Mexico can get back to running it's own country with established institutions and government structures and programs designed to bring a country out of conflict.

Send in the SAS before the July Elections and you'll have a chance. Keep continuing listening to listen to an agenda dictated from the Pentagon and State Dept, and you's are f**ked !

Anonymous said...

Te chinga ..stupid dunkirk limey culero..the USMC dont chicken out..fucn stupid inglish bastard callate

Anonymous said...

@ January 8, 2012 11:28 PM .You not even Mexican,you phoney ass clown.What the fuck would you know about anything.Trying to come off as a Mexican,and using the"Limey"word?You sad little clown.Half assed little pussy,whining about shit you nothing about.How sad is that?Pretending to be Mexican.Dude you talkin to,must be a soldier,so he knows more than your sad ass.Dunkirk,Limey?C,mon man,stop being a little bitch ass pussy,pretending to be Mexican for fucks sake.Sadness.

Anonymous said...

Yo dude, pretending to be some english fag tuff guy..get your nose out of mecico,s ass...entonces,callate tu bocasera tu mierda estupido hijo de puta...siempre fi ...ben a Argentina y chupa mi verga...you sick fucken english bastard...
anybody knows that the USMC. would roll over your rotton teeth prisoners of the queen butt fuckers in no time flat..say it to yourself fag SIEMPRE FI...SIEMPRE FI..probably makes you get wet in your ass dont it blood pudding queer?

Anonymous said...

Wow...this is new...an english army nutrider..k rico...jajajaja

Anonymous said...

For fucks sake eh?...canadiense joto?..ridemnuts cowboy...

P O M E said...

Q es "sas"....special ass suckers?...like a bunch of english fags could survive mexico...whatta joke...the usmc would have more luck...half of the marines are mexican american anyway...thats why they are so baddass...epilayyyy!!!!....semper fi ...jajajaja...loke a bit of cream in your tea there mate?

Anonymous said...

Oh shit,look at all the midget Mexs comin out the wood work.Badges we dont need no stinkin badges.Is Mexico tough?Man,here is me thinkin its midgets with machine guns who are tough?Shit man you all Mex?Or another sad crank like that other fuckin idiot.Bitch,the best thing you do is whine about the USA,Mexs,badass?Sneaky little motherfuckers who bang,then run away.I gotta say you are tough on your women though.Survive Mexico,hermano your bitch ass couldn't pay me to go to Mex,shit you tryin to get out that shithole yourself,to the USA.I got a nice jeep you can grift here vato.Fuck outta here.Spanish and French,ruled your ass,go figure.Badges.

Anonymous said...

@ January 9, 2012 10:48 AM .Whats the Yo dude shit?Fuckin clown,talkin about teeth,sheeeiitt man you can talk?Go and rob a donkey.Motherfucker,you probably never been outside Mex.Ye man,you can chop the donkeys head off,if you cant find some poor fucker.Comical little dude.All you motherfuckers love Mexico?Then what the fuck are doin in the USA?
Fuckin hate that phony shit,claiming somewhere they aren't?You gonna scare me you know.

Anonymous said...

You are incoherent joto ingles...too much heroin? OR just really that stupid...but you are right to stay out of mexico...you are the arrogant type who would get killed right away..but mebbe that would be a good thing

Anonymous said...

Nah bruh,to much of that meth that you motherfuckers are making and selling to everyone,including your own.Oh i forgot its the USAs fault,then again,aint you the second biggest heroin producer in the world?Just a thought vato,nah mean.I thought it was us that produced every drug on the planet,guess not ey.You won't need our market bruh,you got your own,so what you gonna whine about now?You'll think of something.You right i am an arrogant motherfucker,and i doing good baby.

Anonymous said...

The entire human race is fucked. I dont care if youre english,mexican,sas,marines. There are crazy motherfuckers everywhere. People who brag about what they are or what they have usually dont have shit and are worth shit. Best thing to do is go through life awake and aware. If you wanna be a crooked politician be the best crooked politician. If you wanna be a drug dealer ,be fuckin tony montana. You wanna be a stand up well educated professional do it!. But dont be a dumbass and think youre better than others. And think youre way of life is better. We are all a product of our own enviroment and do what we gotta do. So enough said, you wanna be angry about shit, you think you have answers, you think you have it all figured out...well if you think you do, youre a looney. We argue about from religion to politics to human rights issues...and we will always do so. Until the end of time...we are human beings beeeeotches!!!!

Anonymous said...

If the US .gov were to send in more agents, be they marines or otherwise, it would only be to more efficiently deliver weapons to the cartels. Some of the comments on here are evidence of more than stupidity. As far as Mexican Police, they are simply participants in the pretend "drug wars" nothing more nothing less. It is not the Zetas or any other cartels who disarm the Mexican People and make them slaves, only governments are that evil.

Anonymous said...

Personally, i cant hate nobody..not even the bad..Life is full of concious..Theres gona be a day where u realize u dont need it.. Me, im gona go round the world and try 2 help as many people I can. Fear got nothing on me..First off is M.E.X. Im gona be running like a jaguar in the jungles..hehe

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