Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Two Suspected Zetas Killed in Clash with Mexican Police

Saturday, March 24, 2012 |

A reputed local leader of the Los Zetas drug cartel and his bodyguard were killed in a clash with Mexican federal police in the eastern state of Veracruz, while eight other suspected members of the gang were arrested, the federal Public Safety Secretariat said.

Enrique Delgado Fraire, identified by authorities as the Zetas’ boss in the southern zone of the northeastern state of Tamaulipas and organizer of a 2009 breakout of 53 inmates from a prison in the northern state of Zacatecas, was killed in Thursday’s shootout at a ranch.

Delgado Fraire, alias “Mando Quique,” also had served as the Zetas’ boss in the states of Aguascalientes, San Luis Potosi and Zacatecas the secretariat said in a statement, which noted that he had been a police officer in the northern state of Coahuila in the late 1990s.

The clash erupted when members of the federal police were conducting an operation on a highway near the border between the states of Veracruz and Tamaulipas, the statement said.

According to the secretariat, after detecting the presence of the federal forces, several people took shelter at the Flor de Maria ranch and opened fire.

After the clash, authorities detained Guadalupe Angulo Serrano, alias “Mando Sinaloa,” the suspected Zetas chief in the northern zone of Veracruz, and seven other alleged members of that drug cartel.

According to intelligence reports, Angulo “was responsible for coordinating and ordering the kidnap-murders of members of rival gangs,” as well as drug distribution and extortion activities.

The federal police also arrested 18 people who were working at the ranch and confiscated six firearms, a grenade launcher, two grenades, two Jet Skis, an amphibious vehicle, 13 other vehicles of different models, drug packets and short wave radios, among other items.

Founded by deserters from an elite special forces unit, the 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, the Zetas were behind last August’s daytime arson attack on a casino in the northern metropolis of Monterrey that left 52 employees and gamblers dead. Zetas gunmen allegedly torched the gaming establishment after its owner refused to pay protection money.

The drug mob also is blamed for the murder of around 200 people whose bodies were found in 2011 in a series of clandestine graves in Tamaulipas.

The Zetas have drawn the ire of older, established cartels through their 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.

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Anonymous said...

Zetas or not they are surefire criminals, kill their ass!!

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Anonymous said...

beat them to death

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Anonymous said...

Lazy bum, use your brain and look up the yearly list of most corupt countries. Also, as long as the USA keeps up it disgusting and massive drug consumption Mexico is not changing anytime soon.
Thank you and good night.

Anonymous said...

@03/26 7:36PM-The same could be said for Mexico, as long as Mexicans continue to disregard the value of a human life, in place of money! Things will never change.

Anonymous said...

March 26, 2012 7:36 PM .
Dude,will you piss off with your anti US bullshit.
Everyone knows who you are now.
A sad little troll who wants attention.
Go away.

Anonymous said...

"as long as Mexicans continue to disregard the value of a human life, in place of money! Things will never change."

So true. Mexican cartels will continue to disregard human life in place of money as long as the USA and it's massive army of addicts continue with it's diabolical demand for drugs. Americans citizens who put poison in their bodies disregard their own human value.

This is not anti US bullshit or anything. If you can't keep your cool or build a proper argument I suggest you ignore me or go somewhere else. Your blood pressure might shoot through the roof.

Anonymous said...

Better blame the Mexican prez and the zetas for most of this shit. Before the prez started the crackdown on his own hometown and the zetas becoming very greedy things were more organized with the different cartels- sinaloa- la familia- gulf- etc. being more like the old mafia. You had to clear it with La Hefe before there were any killings things were more controlled. Yes police were paid off and the military and the state police, but things were much calmer and more cicilized . now it is just an all out grab for power for the main drug routes through mex to Tejas and the rest of the U.S. i am suprised that some of the older cartels dont unite against the zetas an get their own turf back.

Anonymous said...

I think its time to start giving credit to the mexican marines...Great Job!

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