Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

The Origins of Los Zetas and its Founders

Sunday, April 15, 2012 |


The Zetas are a Mexican criminal organization, whose main business is kidnapping, car theft, murder, extortion and drug trafficking.

The group was formed from a group of soldiers who deserted the Special Forces Airmobile Group (GAFE), Amphibious Group Special Forces (GANFE) and the Parachute Rifle Brigade (BFP) of the Mexican Army, founded in 1994 to mark the Zapatista uprising in Chiapas and one traditional group of elite soldiers who were trained by the CIA of the United States, commandos of military advisories of the Israeli Sayeret Matkal and the French GIGN.

They received specialized training that included handling of sophisticated weapons and counterinsurgency work. According to the Attorney General's Office (PGR), at least 40 former members of the Gafes have joined the ranks of the Zetas.

Further more Los Zetas have in their ranks an undetermined number of former special forces from Guatemala (also trained by the CIA, and have charges of genocide in that country).

In early March of 2010 it was confirmed the de facto separation of Los Zetas from the Gulf Cartel. Recent research has shown that this criminal group has begun recruiting young civilians, including minors and illegal immigrants trying to cross the border between Mexico and the United States. They currently have an alliance with the Juarez Cartel.

Its area of influence was originally Tamaulipas but later extended their activity to Nuevo Leon and Coahuila. Movements have also been reported in Nayarit, Sonora, Sinaloa (Los Mochis), Puebla, Hidalgo, Zacatecas, Aguascalientes, San Luis Potosi, Durango, Tabasco, Campeche, Guanajuato, Queretaro (San Juan del Rio), Veracruz, Oaxaca and Tlaxcala.

Unlike any other drug cartels in Mexico, Los Zetas do not exercise total control over any port of the Republic for the sole purpose of drug trade, so they have been forced to strengthen their finances with practices such as kidnapping and extortion against the civilian population. As a consequence the criminal group of Los Zetas have become more repudiated by the public and persecuted by the authorities as well as rival criminal organizations.

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27 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

That first paragraph/sentence is true for all cartels, not just the Zetas.

Anonymous said...

The country needs to put a bounty on ALL RATZZZZzzzz ZETAS!

"lito"brito said...

traidores todos

Anonymous said...

@10:30 AM
Agreed-exterminated on the spot like the roaches they are. Seeing the damage they cause Mexico first hand, I think a bounty on their heads would benefit all.

Anonymous said...

The Zetas better watch out the NO Saints put a bounty on them.

Anonymous said...

I don't like the Zetas style with the way they direct their exploitation so cruelly toward the public (so the media reports). It sure seems like they are the lower class revolting in the only way they can to survive and get ahead. As some have said, it is better to die standing with a gun in your hand than on your knees with your head down in poverty, shame, and hunger. Two things are going on in the media. They want everyone to hate the challenging cartel, and they want love and support for the popular one who actually does all the above crimes also.

Why is it that the Mexican media fails to report any of the events causing mass destruction, death, fear, chaos, despair, poverty, and loss of virtually all business opportunity which was done by the prevailing cartel. For instance, the invasions of Tijuana, Juarez, Nuevo Laredo, in the beginning, then all other plazas later. And please do not respond with the invasion of Nuevo Laredo was by BLO because it was done before the split.

This drug war is more about criminal organizations and their political allis in the south versus criminal organizations and their political allies from the north. A truce will come, and their will be little change in who runs each plaza when it does. The PRI will hang PAN out to dry exposing all their corruption before there is a truce.

They are all criminal organization, all equally bad.

Anonymous said...

11:31 AM...Nice Humor buddy.

Anonymous said...

Ok,idiot,now come down to Mexico to save everybody,since you know so much about the situation down here!

Anonymous said...

mexico take some of the confiscated assets ie cars, boats, houses, ranches, liquidate to cash and along with the confiscated cash offer bounties to any law abiding mexican for the death of cartel, kidnappers and extortionists. did i miss any?

Anonymous said...

That is a bunch of bullshit. If you want more realistic information get on amazon.com and check if they still have copies of the book ' De los Maras a los Zetas' in english: From the Maras to the Zetas' and forget all that shit about CIA, Israeli commando training, Guatemalan kaibiles, etc. etc.

Anonymous said...

Ya, you did miss something..! And that
Is that the average law
Abiding mexican isn't a gunman and has no idea about killing people or where the hell to get a gun even if he had the $5000. For an AK!! What Mexico has to do is invest that confiscated monies and hire mercenaries who know what the f..k their doing and can take on these murderers and drug barrons

Anonymous said...

Ahora hablas español? Guau q poca madre

Anonymous said...

April 15, 2012 1:28 PM .
Nah,you save the situation.After all,its ALL the fault of the US.Not.

Anonymous said...

ANOTHER BAR ATTACK IN MONTERREY, AUTHORITIES CLAIM 5 TO 6 DEAD, RAZA AT THE BAR WHO WRE ATTENDING A COLOMBIAN MUSICA BAILE SAY THERE WERE AT LEAST 15. C.D.G MAY HAVE DONE THIS SHIT AGAIN. THERE IS A LOTTA PIECES OF CACA THAT ATTEND THIS KINDA BAILES, BUT ALSO A LOT OF INNOCENTS THAT THINK THAT SWIMMING WITH THE CROCODILES IS SAFE. KILLING THE NIGHTLIFE FOR SURE, AND GOVERNOR MEDINA TRAVELS IN HELICOPTER EVERY WEEKEND TO TEXAS WERE HIS FAMILY IS SAFE.WHILE THE CITY CAPITAL IS A MESS, IF ANY OF YOU SEE HIS ASS IN TEXAS ON THE WEEKENDS TELL HIM TO STAY THERE AND DONT COME BACK, AND TO GO FUCK HIMSELF "I WILL GIVE MY LIFE FOR NUEVO LEON THATS WHAT HE WAS BARKING DURING HIS CAMPAIGN.

Anonymous said...

Most Americans favor the Zetas.

Anonymous said...

Fuck the ratazzzzz

Anonymous said...

4/15 11:44PM,
What? Your an idiot most Americans don't even have a clue about the Zetas or any other DTO operating in Mexico! The biggest misconception in Mexico or any where else...is that the U.S. (vast majority of citizens) are worried/concerned or well versed in the drug war in Mexico! WRONG..the majority of Americans are oblivious to Mexico's drug war. Just like the Americans, who use drugs have no clue, where the drugs come from or which DTO is the supplier. I'm talking about the users not the middle men suppliers.

As far as, the article is concerned...same old crap. By now, anybody who follows the drug war in Mexico..know all about the Zetas. I will add..the Zetas, when they were the strong arm for the CDG are far different than today's Zetas. The myth surrounding the original Zetas is noteworthy..they were well a disciplined and precise "killing machines," who brought a level of expertise to the table that today's Zetas do not have! The organization today is very chaotic and no longer filled with an elite rank and file members!

"lito"brito said...

Anonymous said...

Most Americans favor the Zetas.
April 15, 2012 11:44 PM
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BULLSHIT!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Is he smuggling drugs on his copter.

Al quds said...

Hell yeah if you have a nice truck
Cartelscums will Jack you at gun point
for your truck even if you don't know
Shit about cartels they don't care
They just want your truck
And you can't even call the police
they cuse they work for the Guy that jacked your truck Jesus Mexico needs you really bad were are you when will
You come back to end this
madness? !!!!!!

Al quds said...

It seems true why would that be
Bull Americans don't care about
Mexican killing Mexican all they
Care about is wich cartel can get them drugs/cocaine faster

Al quds said...

Zetazzz deserve one thing and one thing
Only and that my friend is death
a slow and painful one for all the innocent
children they murderd for all the people that
Are missing and for there families
So they deserve every bullet shot they deserve every knife to there neckz/limbs
They deserve every rope around there
necks they deserve to die every day every
Hour.

Anonymous said...

Hang'em high!

John said...

Things seem to keep on getting worse in Mexico, it's totally out of control there, no matter how much the Mexican government and non corrupt police and non corrupt military try to crack down on the cartels it makes no difference, the cartels keep retaliating with more violence more brutality and more chaos and destruction, there is simply no hope, it is a war that can not be won, the cartels are simply too big and too powerful and there is too much corruption in the Mexican government Mexican police and Mexican military, most Mexican politicians police officers and military officers are corrupt and are involved with the cartels and work for the cartels and help and protect the cartels and thats why the cartels can not be defeated and stamped out.

Anonymous said...

April 15, 2012 11:44 PM "Most Americans favor the Zetas." truee

Anonymous said...

whose main business is kidnapping, car theft, murder, extortion and drug trafficking." c'mon we all know they push kilos first

Anonymous said...

Who's main busines? Mexican cartels! pendejo! U obviously hv no idea wtf goes on out thr then huh...and of course their moving weight money and violence talks;)

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