Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Los Zetas recruit Las Maras in Guatemala

Saturday, April 7, 2012 |

Translated and  rewritten from a Spanish language Associated Press wire report in Guatemala.

Los Zetas criminal organization recruits the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) AKA Las Maras, gang members for training in paramilitary camps in Guatemala, according to Guatemalan authorities.

Los Zetas use their Las Maras recruits in the Guatemalan capital to distract actions and resources of the authorities in order to ensure the control of rural land corridors used for the smuggling of narcotics.  Las Maras also provide intelligence support through their organization according to Stuart Velasco, chief coordinator of the task forces of the Ministry of Interior.


Las Maras use their training to improve their criminal operations and to make more money.  Perquisites include access to military training, high-powered weapons and drugs for sale or own consumption, he added.

"In this nexus with Los Zetas, MS-13 is more capable of articulation, strategy and capacity for maneuver," said Velasco.

"According to our intelligence sources, Los Zetas are looking to recruit 5,000 gang members. The strategy is to concentrate the MS-13 chaos in the cities to remain drug free corridors inside the country."

By expanding its operations to Guatemala, the first base of Los Zetas was to recruit  soldiers in the country, said Velasco.

He said that the recruitment of Kaibiles,  or Guatemalan special forces trained in counterinsurgency operations began in the province of Peten.

"There is a Kaibiles school in Petan, and there are many who live in that area, so, with what little they earn, it was difficult for Los Zetas to bribe them with money. Additionally, Los Zetas needed the knowledge and training of the Guatemalans to operate in Guatemala" he said.

"The most important and dangerous are Los Zetas because not only do they engage in drug trafficking, they also take control of the criminal structure and completely take over all kinds of activities," said Velasco, who is coordinating police operations against criminal groups in the country.

"They know that the economic benefit is large and that Los Zetas, being a foreign group, need their networks to increase their operational level in Guatemala."

The initial information on the alliance between Las Maras and Los Zetas came after the arrest of 50 people linked to the slaughter occurred in a cattle farm of Petén, on 14 May last year that left 27 dead, 25 of them beheaded.

Velasco stressed that despite the close links between the MS-13 gangs, ideological indoctrination that Los Zetas provides convinces them that if they get into it, Los Zetas can control all criminal activities.


"Obviously they are loyal to their gang members and leaders have to adopt the same mechanisms the Los Zetas have, to ensure the work of their new recruits,'' he said.

By moving to a second phase, integrating the MS-13 gang members, Los Zetas are making a difference within the family structure of gangs, who arrived in Guatemala in the 1990s when the United States accelerated deportations of criminals.

Miguel Angel Galvez, judge of drug trafficking, said that the links are increasingly evident in the cases that are processed.

"Los Zetas are a group like the Las Maras and seize complete control (when captured) always carry a notebook where are listed all the people they are paid and what their roles are starting with mayors, judges and reaching the local criminals,'' said Galvez.

Scott Stewart, an analyst Stratfor intelligence company and a former diplomat at the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala, said that gangs are increasingly willing to work with Los Zetas and the economic power of the criminal organization.

"Therefore, there is an incentive to belong to the organization or risk going out of business completely," he said.

The President of El Salvador, Mauricio Funes, reported the May 26, 2010, organized crime groups like Los Zetas, were trying to break into Honduras and El Salvador.

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41 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

PURO 18

DFL said...

Those Monkey shit eatting Zetas are a Filty Cancer that must be Destroyed. State sanutioned death automaticlly if they are identified as one of the loser Zetas gangbangers. Hang thier fitly corpses from Telephone poles for all to see and for the Buzzards to devour them. Then and only then, they might realize that Being such a Fucking Loser and living like the swine that they are might not be a good idea after all!!!

Anonymous said...

Aora si que se chinguen al pinche chapo por culo y traicionero. Por mucho tiempo El gobierno del pan ayudo a ese culero especialmente contra Juarez, ellos solos contra dea, militares, federales, doble as, mexicles, y policia municipal, y gente nueva y aun contrlan Juarez, gente de huevos. El dea lo ayudo contra Los leyba y Tijuana junto con Los militares. De todos lados Este puto enano a peleado Como nina y nunca le entro hombre a hombre Como Los demas carteles. Aora Los zetas estan fuera de control. todos van a chingar a esta mirda que empezo la muerte de miles de mexicanos y se ase ver Como El Bueno. Pinche vasca aora se tiene que cuidar que VA caer y VA sufrir por culo y ambisioso, puta mierda asquerosa

Anonymous said...

I'm not impressed. Soldier's HK g3 rifles will still slice through them.

Saludos...

Anonymous said...

back in February you guys said the sinaloa was recruiting them so this makes no sense

Anonymous said...

A la verga con los zetas y la mara q chingen a su madre..

Anonymous said...

Los Zetas and MS13, will both end up like every other cartel member, butchered, raped, beated sodomized, tortured etc.......

Anonymous said...

Correct me if i'm wrong but wasn't this gang already involve with sinaloa cartel? just wondering

Anonymous said...

this is not good. i wonder why homeland security makes me take off my rubber flip flops before i board the plane? they should be working on real dangers. the infection of los zetas is worse than h1n1 and almost as bad as aids.

Anonymous said...

I see that the "drug war" is expanding. Great news for all the millions of criminals just waiting to get involved.

Anonymous said...

I thought that CDS was recruiting them loosers, but i guess the Zetas r...Well i know i thing that MS-13 aint sh*t here in the states.

Anonymous said...

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I've been leaving commentaries at another popular Narco Blog Site and I've been reading what others have to say about the daily posting of murdered people.

IF ANY OF WE BLOGGERS EVER THOUGHT THAT THERE MIGHT BE HOPE IN REFORMING SOME OF THE TYPES OF 'PEOPLE' WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE KILLINGS IN MEXICO, AFTER SEEING THE 'SAVAGES' IN THE FOTOS that BORDERLAND BEAT HAS POSTED in its News Article here by the name of "Los Zetas Recruit Las Maras in Guatemala", well The Appearance of Such '''CANNIBALS''' LEAVES NO DOUBT THAT "WE'VE GOT A VERY SERIOUS PROBLEM HERE!!!"

A FOREIGN COUNTRY is going to have to 'ENTER' Mexico to start cleaning this PERVASIVE MESS that exists in that country because the corruption in Mexico is WIDE-SPREAD and goes right to the top of the System of Control that is suppose to GOVERN Mexico in such a way as to establish and maintain a healthy non violent PROSPEROUS ''SOVEREIGN'' STATE.

What is EXTREMELY upsetting is that no foreign country has yet entered Mexico to help remove the parasites that have been getting stronger and stronger by the day AND DAILY, MORE PEOPLE'S LIVES ARE TAKEN, DESTROYED FOREVER, many of them were INNOCENT PEOPLE who happened to be targeted by savages. Here is an example:

At the blog site I go to they posted news on two young people who's lives were taken. A blogger had inside information on the event and had this to say:

"The young woman (20 years of age) was innocent, got out of her mom's business to exchange $200's in bills and they killed her along with the some other young boy (16 years of age) who they were chasing."
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That is a heart-breaking story and if Mexico does not get help soon you will see VIOLENCE AND MURDER INCREMENT IN THE U.S.A. for the criminal gangs of Mexico intend to EXPAND THEIR 'B.U.S.I.N.E.S.S.'
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Anonymous said...

Earlier this year it was said that the Maras were recruited by sinaloa, so which its it cuz I highly doubt they can work both sides

Anonymous said...

What the fuck I tought la mara belong to CDS

Anonymous said...

No shoot! They been recruiting those fool since way back. They are Hijos De Guerra. Its seemz like the Z Organization is going to win this war. Eventually, Chapo and his organization is going through a puzzled situation. You commentators should realize by now that Mexico is going to solve its own mess. And that solution is going to be Heriberto L. Lazcano: The New Law And Order.

Anonymous said...

Ms13 rolls with CDS 18 st rolss with the z's

badanov said...

back in February you guys said the sinaloa was recruiting them so this makes no sense


I heard about a year ago that the Sinaloas were recruiting Las Maras so this article made little sense to me too, except in the context of competition of an exploitable resource, similar to staking out watering holes in the desert.

So, it does make sense if you consider Los Zetas' efforts as poaching from the Sinaloas.

Anonymous said...

Las Marasalvatruchas or MS13 are from El Salvador, they are a bunch of drug addicts. The Z's were recruiting deserters from the dog eating Kaibil commandos. The Kaibiles will never be better than the Honduras Army TESON Commandos. TESON=TROPAS ESPECIALIZADAS EN OPERACIONES NOCTURNAS.They aré also experts in explosives, scuba diving, halo and haho parachuting, communications, and combat medics. The kaibiles are not qualified even in static line jumps. So if cartel bosses are supposed to be inteligent, why in hell they're hiring stinky ass maras or punk ass kaibiles. The Mexican Army Fusileros Paracaidistas are way better than the kaibiles.

Anonymous said...

With all the money in this world to be made, why do men have to resort to GREED?
These men are invovled in a business that involves Billions, why can't they get along and get money at the same time. Gangsters did it the Prohibiton era and flourished! Im sure that their was some understanding in the 80's as well, I mean it was theee decade of excess!We didnt really here too much warring going on in Mexico amongst the cartels then, and alot of people still got rich! There has to be understanding's and agreements beacuse all this extra shit is NOT NEEDED! Caan those in power make truces and devide up the profits by months? I mean literally like one Cartel get 2 months and switch it up, then if a cartel gets greedy, SO WHAT. THERES STILL MONEY TO BE MADE! Anything to end the violence, everyone has a circle of loved ones. We are stronger united not devided.

Anonymous said...

It doesnt matter if the Zetas recruit this fools, doesnt mean they going 2 get powerful w/ this idiots on their side; i read a comment that now 4 sure the Zetas r going 2 win the drug-war, oh hell na!! MS -13 bleed just like the rest. So some of yall MS-13 fools start saying yall good byes 2 yall homies cuz sooner or later they will b on video getting excuted..

Anonymous said...

FEDs intervene with the drug business cuz they can't cash in on it. Let's give every drug addict a dose that'll kill them! For free. It'll rid this world of dumbfuck, decrease the demand, decrease profits, and we'll have cartels go back to washing cars. Problem solved.

Anonymous said...

All the cartels and gangstas are is a bunch of little retards, dropouts and pieces of shit. They ruined a beautiful Country (Mexico). Maybe one day someone will get the balls to get rid of them all..........

Anonymous said...

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I wish to respond TO -> ''Anonymous'', ... 'April 7, 2012 6:07 PM'

Quisiera responder A ->>
''Anonymous'', ... 'April 7, 2012 6:07 PM':

"Compa, YA, en Mexico HEMOS PERDIDO 'ENTRE 40.000 o 60.000 < SERES HUMANOS!, entonces ...

¿QUEREMOS PERDER A MÁS MIEMBROS DE FAMILIA, A MÁS PARIENTES, A MÁS de NUESTROS VECINOS?!!" <-


NO podemos esperar AUN UN DÍA MÁS SI NO QUEREMOS más PÉRDIDAS DE VIDAS en MEXICO.

Necesitamos la ayuda de un país en la que podemos confiar si queremos Un Fin al INFIERNO 'trágico' con el que nos amenazados diariamente !!

POR FAVOR, FIN AL SUFRIMIENTO!

Invito a todos ustedes a considerar posibilidades nuevas, necesitamos movernos hacia un futuro SIN tanto SUFRIMIENTO.

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Anonymous said...

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What I truly APPRECIATE about the 'Borderland Beat web site' is the GREAT COVERAGE Of Each and Every News Article Posted at this Informative Web Site, and ALSO, I truly appreciate the Intelligence & Honesty 'of The Blogger's Commentaries' here so filled with Honesty & ENERGETIC INVOLVEMENT as we all struggle (when neccessary) in trying to Secure a PROMISING Future for ALL OF HUMANITY on 'OUR PRECIOUS' PLANET

Anonymous said...

Hahaha wut a bunch of clowns

Anonymous said...

Simple answerx is cannon fodder

Anonymous said...

I just got done looking at the photos of those guys with tattoos and new thoughts in me have arisen:


The Oppressed have become THE OPPRESSORS, the Abusers::
. "Who are they? They have the appearance of WARRIORS! What are they fighting for and ready to die for? ¿They have known poverty and hard times?, is that what they are REBELLING AGAINST? Well then, Symbolically, they are fighting A System that had not been serving them well, a system that would not bring them a better future, but Now, THEY have become Part of The Problem For Others, they are Targeting & Attacking Their Own COUNTRYMEN instead of putting their heart & soul into freeing the citizens of Mexico from more misery and it is appalling. What they want is to CONQUER Mexico, they've been PROGRAMMED To Seize And Destroy. Who is Programing them?, is are their Masters Of War? They all have to be STOPPED without delay!"

These were my deliberations today.

Anonymous said...

Sinaloa is recruiting in México and zetas in Guatemala,

Anonymous said...

estas pero que rebotas de pendejo! el chapo usa la inteligencia! asi se trabaja puto! la violencia no es buena pal negocio. El objetivo es ganar dolares y el chapo es el mas rico. No seas estupido. si quieren mas querra metanse al ejercito. Pinche payaso

Anonymous said...

Again, why not hire the "Mercenaries" who kill the right people for the right reason; such as
"Executive Outcome" that put the African RUF out of business in 3 mos. or Blackwater USA or
a host of other privateers..!! I mean we have given Mexico over 15 years allready to stop them and all they have done is piss off everyone
by being corrupt themselves. These "Private Armies" worked in Columbia and worked well until the "Bleeding Hearts Club" decided that
ETA and Farc were really misunderstood youth and
should be given a chance to go the Columbian Govt. and apologize for all the murders of peasants that they and everyone blamed on the Paramilitary squads..! lets face it people; War is Brutal but civilians should be left alone
and allowed to live in Peace! I say send in the
"Mercenaries" Pay em to clean up this Scum that Mexico can't and even if they knew how; wouldn't
because there ALL CORRUPT and no better than the
Iraqi's..!!!

Anonymous said...

Cual pinche inteligencia ese wey es culo. Pinche maricon igual que tu pincje jotote.. No que muy sinaloa y que le entran a Los chingazos y que basucazos y trocas perronas. Puros jotolones entran despues de que Los otros carteles ya se agarraron contra federales y militares con ayudA de la dea. bola de ninas aora que se Los chingen Los zetas y carteles unidos contra esas maricas que solos se esconden

Anonymous said...

Best comment I've ever seen on this blog!! Always make me wonder what line of work people that blog on here,are in.

Anonymous said...

Ms 13 originated in Los angeles as well a 18 in the early 90 s US gov deported a lot of South Americans so therefore active gang members from both sides struck up their cliques,sets,squads whatever you wanna call them there was no MS anywhere in South America before then

Anonymous said...

Those MS 13 are nothing but punks in the Texas prisons...they always run the CO when shit is about to hit the fan....

Anonymous said...

I don't know what los zetas is thinking but what ever they doing is not good kill innocent people is just un-human I hope to join the army and then help my country to clean these chaos call los zetas

Anonymous said...

la dieciocho vx3 over all:.

Al quds said...

YOUR. AN IDIOT

Al quds said...

I agree FUCK MESSIE SHIT MS13
NEVADA DON'T GOT LOVE FOR MSx13

Anonymous said...

How many Israeli drug lords has the DEA captured here im the USA EVER? Or are you so stupid as yoo think that a black gang member of the bloods or crips can aford to pay in cash for say 20 tons of marijuana to the Sinaloa Cartel? Are you really that STUPID? Someone very rich and probably jewish or protestant white as fuck is paying for tons of meth, cocaine and pot, before you talk shit about Mexico WHOS ACTUALKY DOING SOME THING ABOUT THIS PROBLEM do some reaserch and dont gust talk out of your ass.

Anonymous said...

They will never be distroyed. jus like the united state trying to stop all the drugs coming in. they cant stop it. its a family nd a family is hard to controll. unless u startrd the family.

Anonymous said...

la solucion esta en los goviernos de siertos paizes,si legalisan esa basura se acaba el probleba,no mas peleas entre poderosos por q el libre mercado,no tiene conpetencia.entonces todos trbajaran unidos.y cada quien escoje su propio infierno.de usarla o no.

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