Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

10 Suspected Zetas Gunmen Arrested in Monterrey

Saturday, February 11, 2012 |

Mexican authorities announced the arrest in the northeastern state of Nuevo Leon of 10 reputed Los Zetas drug cartel henchmen suspected in nearly 40 murders.

Their alleged victims include nine people murdered on Jan. 26 in downtown Monterrey and two others slain on that metropolis’ north side, Nuevo Leon Security Council spokesman Jorge Domene said in a joint press conference Thursday with state Attorney General Adrian de la Garza.

Eight of the victims are believed to have been killed because they “were inside the La Eternidad bar consuming drugs (bought) from the rival group (Gulf cartel),” Domene said.

The suspects detained in recent days in several operations confessed to more than two dozen other murders, all related to the Zetas’ turf war with the Gulf mob for control of the local drug trade in Monterrey, he added.

“The leader of the gang is Jesus Alejandro Solorio Guel, alias ‘el Alex,’ 34, who confessed to being in charge of drug sales in downtown Monterrey and to receiving payment of 4,000 pesos (some $315) a week,” Domene said.

The rest of the reputed henchmen received an average of 12,000 pesos (some $950) a month from Los Zetas.

Authorities also seized a rifle, two handguns, four vehicles, drugs, communications gear, an image of the Holy Death sect and notebooks used to keep track of the illicit sales.

Monterrey, which is home to many of Mexico’s industrial giants, had long seemed immune to the drug war but since early 2010 has been the scene of a brutal turf struggle pitting the Gulf cartel against former allies Los Zetas.

The Los Zetas gang has been blamed for several massacres in recent years, including an arson attack on a casino in Monterrey last August that killed 52 gamblers and employees trapped inside, most of whom died of smoke inhalation.

Zetas gunmen allegedly torched the gaming establishment after its owner refused to pay protection money.

A total of 267 drug-related murders were registered in the industrial city in 2009, with the figure rising to 828 in 2010 and nearly 2,000 last year, according to official figures.

Source: EFE

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6 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

wat da f. again zetas killing innocent ppl again.jus kuz dey bought drugs from someone else dey get killed maybe dey didn't know dey were buying drugs from CDG

Anonymous said...

STOP ARRESTING THEM! Just fucking kill the Zeta bastards! While you're at it, kill their families too. Kill their fucking dogs too!

Anonymous said...

Disturbing yet entertaining idea.

Anonymous said...

kill all of them hang them shoot them these scum don't deserve to live. Ive seen the mexican prisons they are all overcrowded useless mouths to feed.

Anonymous said...

so these are some of the most dangerous cartels in mexico....looks like a bunch of 5 foot punks to me

Anonymous said...

yah! that would cut u into dozen pices alive, without feeling sorry for u. it dosent help that usa keeps buying drugs from them, n sending weapons over there. so they keep doing it, for the money men.

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