Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Cadereyta massacre was part of Los Zetas Mothers Day plot

Sunday, May 13, 2012 |

By Chris Covert
Rantburg.com

The 49 individuals found butchered on a remote section of highway east of Cadereyta, Nuevo Leon Sunday may have been the victims of a Los Zetas plot for a spectacular Mother's Day massacre, according to information taken from Mexican press accounts, private emails and other sources.

Since late April the Los Zetas criminal gang has been under immense pressure from an alliance between the Gulf cartel, the Los Zetas' mortal rival and the Sinaloa drug cartel.  That alliance was formalized sometime last year, and its existence was revealed following the capture of Victor Manuel Felix Felix in Tabasco state.

Victor Manuel Felix Felix is the brother in law to Sinaloa chief Joaquin Guzman Loera AKA El Chapo, and was also chief financial officer for the Sinaloa Cartel, as well as the Pacifico cartel.  In Felix Felix's possession were documents which indicated that an alliance between the two groups had been formalized and that the Sinaloa Cartel and Gulf Cartel would combine their efforts to the east coast for the transshipment of drugs north to the United States.

That alliance was a formalization of what had already taken place in the fall of 2010, indicated by a fax sent to numerous Mexican news organizations which threatened 11 more car bombs like the one which was detonated  in Zuazua, Nuevo Leon in December 2010 if authorities did nothing to stop Los Zetas' kidnapping operations in the state.

We now know that Los Zetas were during that time, indeed kidnapping bus passengers in Linares, which is in eastern Nuevo Leon and in San Fernando in central Tamaulipas state.

The San Fernando kidnappings and murders led to the discovery of one of the largest mass graves in modern Mexican history with a total of 193 individuals found dead in hidden mass graves in the spring and summer of 2011.  Uncredited reports at the time said that Los Zetas hijacked buses, raped and killed female passengers and then held tournaments to see who would live to become shooters for Los Zetas and who would die.

Later news reports said that Los Zetas operatives in San Fernando became aware that the Gulf Cartel was bringing new shooters up from southern Mexico and that provided the impetus for the hijackings.

The increased pressure placed on Los Zetas came in late March of 2012, when as many as 13 individuals said to be Los Zetas were killed and dismembered, their body parts placed on display along with a narcomanta, which challenged Los Zetas leader Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano and Nuevo Laredo chief Miguel Treviño Morale AKA Z40.  The message said, absurdly, that El Chapo would conduct a clean campaign to rid the city of Los Zetas.

It was later reported that the 13 dead were in fact not criminal gang members but random individuals who had been kidnapped and killed for the purpose of terrorizing local criminal groups.

Since that time, several similar events have taken place, most, though not all, in Nuevo Laredo, which is considered to be Los Zetas territory.

And Los Zetas have responded in kind, killing and butchering at least 10 individuals in Sinaloa state, the home turf for the Sinaloa cartel, as well as conducting their own operations in alliance with Beltran-Leyva and Juarez criminal groups against Sinaloa cartel groups in Choix, in the sierras of eastern Sinaloa state earlier in May.  Those gunfights ended with 57 dead including 35 in intergang firefights.

In April, 14 unidentified individuals said to be members of Los Zetas were found in Nuevo Laredo, butchered and stuffed into an SUV, it said by Los Matazetas, said to be aligned with the Sinaloa Cartel, and based in Veracruz state.

These examples are only the ones Mexican press and private social media have been allowed to reveal to the pubic due to threats from criminal gangs.  Indeed, it was not until almost 10 days after it took place that at least one US publication, the Houston Chronicle, has reported on the fight for Nuevo Laredo by mentioning the March massacre of Los Zetas operatives in Nuevo Laredo.

But it is apparently the find in Jalisco state five days ago of 18 individuals butchered and stuffed into two SUVs that information came out describing a spectacular plot for a massive Mother's Day massacre.

May 10th is traditionally Mothers Day in Mexico. In the United States, this year Mothers Day is May 13th.

According to a press account on the website of La Prensa news daily by reporter Elizabeth Ibal, two SUVs were found in Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos municipality just south of Guadalajara city near the Querencias break leading to El Rancho Querencias with the bodies stuffed inside.  A warning was left to El Chapo, which said, in part, that the dead were an example of what will happen to those who help the Sinaloa Cartel in Jalisco state.

Jalisco state underwent a change early last March when a Mexican Army detachment detained two of the remaining top leaders of the Jalisco Nuevo Generacion drug cartel, Erick Valencia Salazar, AKA El 85, and Nemesio Oseguera, AKA El Mencho.

Valencia Salazar was also the leader of the Matazetas group which first appeared in Mexican press reports in the fall of 2011, which at first was said to be a vigilante group independent of any drug cartel.  That group was responsible for the murder of 35 individuals said to be members of the Los Zetas in Veracruz state.  It was later reported that none of the 35 were affiliated with any criminal group, and were in fact innocents kidnapped to be used as grisly props.

The vacuum left by the troubles of Jalisco Nuevo Generacion appears to have allowed Los Zetas and their allies Milenio Cartel to fill  vacuum in Jalsico state.

According to the report in La Prensa, a number of individuals had been kidnapped and held by this criminal alliance, 13 of which had escaped  captivity.

A anonymous commenter on Borderland Beat said on May 9th just after the news broke of the discovery of the 18 dead,  said that the plan of the Zetas-Milenio group was for a massive and spectacular bloody Mothers Day massacre of their rivals.  The rescued 13 individuals may have placed a crimp in those plans,and possibly led to the massacre in Nuevo Leon.

It is also possible that the Zetas-Milenio group already had set their plans in motion, and it is also possible Mexican security forces were unable to rescue other kidnapping victims in time.

There is no question that the victims in the Cadereyta massacre had been kidnapped from southern areas of Mexico and possibly  originated  from south and central America.  A Sunday morning report in Milenio news daily said as much.  The attorney general of Nuevo Leon Adrian de la Garza stated that some of the dead were from other states, and a spokesman of the Nuevo Leon Secretaria de Seguridad Pública (SSP) stated that the dead had been killed at least 48 hours before their discovery, and had been transported, possibly by dump truck.

The narcomanta at the site, which was spray painted graffiti said 100 percent Zetas, a possible reference that the murders were done only by Los Zetas and not Milenio cartel members.

It was Los Zetas which killed 72 migrants in the summer of 2010 after the victims refused to pay tribute for passage.  A Los Zetas criminal group was detained last month in northern Coahuila state along with several migrants.  The upshot is that Los Zetas are involved in the passage of illegal immigrants into the United States.  Its is likely that many of those were included in the dead in Cadereyta.

Borderland Beat reporter Chivis contributed to this report.

Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com

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55 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

WOW......

Anonymous said...

These incidents say nothing about power to me and only that these guys have no dignity and are completely without any morals. Real men with real power don't have to ask for it or demand it. These guys started out being nothing and they remain that way. No respectable person looks up to these people. Without a group of people or a gun they are weak. I think they suffer from short man syndrome.

Anonymous said...

thank u for corecting the information!

Anonymous said...

wish they would reveal what the manta said.so i wonder if noone is in nuevo laredo its been to quite lately

Anonymous said...

Sounds like bb been infiltrated by z

Anonymous said...

They just straight eliminate their foes. What the hell is going to happen next? 100 people hang on the brigde?? Since its only chapo they talk about, that means he is the Sinaloa big boss. And Mayo & Azul?? Thay probably behind Chapo? Doesnt he worship Satan?? So to those that want to hug Chapo, your not innocent at all.

Anonymous said...

Mother's Day is a fixed date in Mexico, May 10.

Anonymous said...

No matter what Gente Nueva will eliminate all those bitch-ass zetas at the end... Atte: CDS

Anonymous said...

it was planned for mothers day on th 10th but 1 of the guys that got busted said that they been on them trying to catch them so it didnt go through due to the escapies. either way it was going to happen. and the same guy confessed to picking up innocents in jalisco man its getting out of control

Anonymous said...

Lets use our heads for a minute, most of these murders are not done by whom da press claims it was, its a plan by rival cartels to put pressure on gov to capture their rivals and sway public to think one is better than da other!!! Its a good form of misinformation!!!

Anonymous said...

Right, need more time for the truth to come out. Mexico is too corrupt for reliable information of any kind to emerge this fast. Interesting to know what US satellites are picking up tonight throughout Tamps and NL.

Anonymous said...

'the Sinaloa Cartel and Gulf Cartel would combine their efforts to the east coast for the transshipment of drugs north to the United States.'

Do Americans want these drugs? Or do they need these drugs? And if they need them, why?

Anonymous said...

13 random innocents killed. This shit makes me sick but if these Narco junkies think they can just sail through their lives hurting and killing others without a worry in the world ohh they are so soooo wrong!

Their time will come and they won't be so tough when it does.

Anonymous said...

@ May 13, 2012 11:00 PM

yeh true but I think they just suffer from lowlife junkie syndrome more so.

Anonymous said...

These killers would be so easy to find and slaughter. Satellite recon will show exactly what happened and where. They can be followed to wherever they are hiding. Too bad the US GOVERNMENT is in on all this. That's why it will never stop.

Anonymous said...

Mexico needs the death penalty. The math does not add up. I can take 50 lives ands will only pay with years behind bars? Add safeguards against frame ups and corruption in capital cases but don't let all murderers go on living to prevent a possible fraud. A 40 year old perp who faces 20 years for trafficking has little incentive to restrain himself from butchering masses of innocent people. Wake up, Mexican legislature!!

Anonymous said...

why do you glorify these actions?

Anonymous said...

the u.s.a is the same shit they let multiple murders slide if its convinient for them these goverments dont a give about the terror these people cause only if it fucks with thier money they will interveen . lookup sammy the bull multiple homicides

Ovemex said...

Nuevo Leon Security Spokesman, Jorge Domene, has just announced there were NO gunshot wounds on any of the bodies found.

Anonymous said...

there are separate reports that say they were zetas and others claim to be CDG who were killed.

Anonymous said...

did they left a narcomanta on this killing? or are you talking about the narcomanta left on the killings in March 2012?

Anonymous said...

if i saw a pile of dead people and a sign that said 100% zeta i would think that meant the dead were all zeta? meaning they werent just random people these jack off just kill. they are all going to answer in Hell.

Anonymous said...

Estos mugrientos estan aciendo lo q ya no pueden aser en donde era Su territorio por que si el desmadre q les estan asiendo en sus prinsipales plasas como nvo laredo y cda vitoria ya los del cdg y cds ya les qitaron su poder q tenia de chingar a la gente y los sacaron a chingar su madre mugros viene y se desqitan con gente inosente como en jalisco( y no vaya a salir un mugriento con sus mamadas como sienpre q eran narqillos los muertos)por que esta conprobado por el pendejo que agarraron que agarraron jente al asar para justificarlos como jente del chapo tan pendejos no tienen huevos para ir i vuscar a la gente que enverda anda armada y en el negocio del narco...aver cabrones atorelen a toro como se los dijo el chapo asi como la gente del chapo y sus aliados les estan dando en la madre mugros en sus plasas vayan y desen el tiro con la gente que anda armada ya vasta de chingar a jente inosente culeros desen un topon con los Que son no le agan mucho a la mamada y ya dejen al pueblo enpaz a la jente Que si travaja onrradamente y dejen de mater INOSENTESSSS.

Anonymous said...

...."the message said, absurdly, that El Chapo would conduct a clean up all Zetas".....why use the word absurdly. That sounds like an opinion and biased. You kinda lost some credibility there BB

Anonymous said...

@9:12 AM - Are you kidding, the death penalty? Do you really think the Zetas will run into their hidey holes in fear of the death penalty? No, they slaughter each other like animals. Obviously the fear of death does nothing to stop them.

Threatening them with the death penalty will do nothing but get every possible witness killed too. Sorry, RW talking points only make things worse.

Anonymous said...

100% dead zetas that is what it looks like

Anonymous said...

100% zeta would also make me think that is what was meant...

... If you believed it. Does not they were or we're not Zetas.

Anonymous said...

If hell isn't breaking loose in Mexico right now I don't know what other signs of inhumane acts need to brought upon the light of man.

The cartels are playing with the minds of good common folk. Either they have accepted the way of life or they down right don't care of what the future holds for their children, but this isn't good for anyone in Mexico.

50 dead here and 50 dead there isn't the way. When it comes down to it, it's Mexicans killing Mexicans and humans destroying humans for what?

A cruel way to end someones life and deathbed for the people committing these atrocities. While the Capos sit in their safe houses giving orders, the sicarios are shuffled around like platos desechavles. The sicarios and descuartizadores are chopping up people for sport and it's like we they have stepped back several hundred years of education. For what? A few cuero de ranas you are going to spend in the little time frame you have before you get either picked up by the contras or shot by the military? Again while the Capos sit in their safe houses shuffling the platos desechavles.

I understand fighting with fire with fire but it's no longer which cartel is the lesser of the evils. Neither has stepped up to say their the better man and I say that with a grain of salt.

Mexico has had corruption and Narcos have always prospered and legit businesses were established but this is a whole nother level that nobody had forseen.

Is much more than CDS, CDG, Z, Beltrans, Carrilos, Templarios. What you guys have done to Mexico cannot be replaced, the damage is done.

Anonymous said...

So if the chapos kill people there zetas hust cause they leave them mantas,vut if the zetas kill people,theu kill INOCENTES jaja wat a joke my country has become believing chapo is god n killing zetas,jaja PINCHES cobardes y la gente de nvo LAREDO que ellos no son z pos no eran y ustedes bien q le creen.a ustedes golfas Y chapos les faltan los huevos para aseptarlo y morir como qual quier bien zicario.la hipocresia es para los cobardes q son chapos y golfas.ni en el infierno satanas los va querer x hipocritas. PINCHES INOSINALENSES ASI LE LLAMO POR Q SIEMPRR Q LES MATAN GENTE SE ASEN PASAR X LOS BUENOS Y INOSENTES JAJAJAJAJAJAJAJAJAJAJAJAJA 100%tamaulipecoz hasta la MUERTE.

Anonymous said...

HEY PEOPLE,THEY WERE NOT ZETAS OR CDG OR CDS ?
THEY WERE INNOCENT PEOPLE PICKED UP RANDOMLY AND HELD TILL SUFFICIENT NUMBERS WERE REACHED.
Then whomever took them leave a message telling us they were Zeta,CDG,CDS,BLO,whoever,do you get it?These people were not cartel or drug related to crime,they were everyday people,kidnapped and held,then killed.A horrible,cowardly,disgusting fucking crime,perpetrated on people who have no connection to crime in this instance.This is the true face of your big bad drug cartels.Kidnapping students,young men,and young women.Cartels,this is what they do now,it could be you or yours next,they need wiping out,not supported by idiots.

Anonymous said...

Mira porke esta mexico asi ..miren toda las babosadas de comentarios ke ponen gente pendeja pinches animales todos i sus putos jotos carteles valen pa verga..ital weii apollando a su cartel i el otro maricon pasandose ser por z,cds,cdg .son pura mierda icuando ven a la marina mexicana todos salen corriedo como jottos

Anonymous said...

This may be the beginning of a solidarity movement against the Zetas. Choosing a holiday that is very important to families and attempting to ruin it just might have backfired on the Z's.

Anonymous said...

Righ about now those Butchers, most of them kids are coming down off their passe and Presidente high, and looking over their shoulders alone in the dark because they scattered in the dark with radio silence and ill bet most of them are scared shitless over what they have just done and the little voice in their head is now screaming with guilt. over what? a few pesos that will never come because they all ran underground. it wont be long, after a few days of no sleep, Withdrawals setting in and paranoid, some will fuck up and snitch.

Anonymous said...

Pinches narcos, ya se pasaron de verga con el pueblo, despierten raza, para la otra puede ser un familiar o ser querido levantado por esta gente del diablo, si nos dejamos nos van a seguir chingando, tiene q haber un lider que tome la ofensa y forme un grupo para defendernos.
El gobierno no puede ya, abran los ojos este infierno esta porque lo dejamos q este, estos carteles son TERRORISTAS ya, si Usa Quiere ayudar y eliminar los carteles y mexico se niega, es porque no les combiene.. Saldria todo el gobierno arrestrado por estar vinculado metido con el narco, Masacres tras masacres Cuantos mas muertos???? 100,000? 200,000 oh mass? Despierten... Mexico se esta ahogando en sangre. Carteles Mexicanos son Terroristas! terrorizan a la poblacion...

Anonymous said...

Your right ive had run ins with a couple of wanna be cartel guys and they totally had napolian complex, they also couldnt fight for shit

Anonymous said...

Look around the Narco Manta was "Zetas 100%" spray painted on a brick wall looking thing and they made a statement saying the people looked like migrant workers from south America. Zetas 100% isn't meaning everyone killed is a Zeta it means that they did it and are taking credit for it. Its obvious all signs point to the zetas why would people assume Chapo did it when its been clear Chapo leaves a Narco Manta when he kills alot of people to show he is in the state

Anonymous said...

I know thats right. . . .

hilltopbarber said...

So much for Ameranorteno reports that assure the sleeping grinos only bad guys get butchered LOL

Anonymous said...

Dile a tú amorcito la cuarenta que necesito que me lave la troca. Que ahi le doy para las cocas. Pinches cobardes baratos.

badanov said...

...."the message said, absurdly, that El Chapo would conduct a clean up all Zetas".....why use the word absurdly. That sounds like an opinion and biased. You kinda lost some credibility there BB

The bias would be implicit if I didn't describe it as absurd.

This was something that came up years ago back in the 1980s when one individual would describe the horrors of mass murders for political purposes, and one side would ask for some reporting balance.

Evil doesn't deserve balance and is not entitled to the sterility of balanced coverage. My not describing what the narcopinta said as absurd, would be an implicit endorsement of the ideas expressed therein, and there is no way I will do that.

Anonymous said...

to:Badanov

I do not see it as doing the cleansing of zetas as absurd. Why do you see it as absurd?? I agree with other poster it was not necessary to use such word.

Anonymous said...

http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2012/05/were-49-cadereyta-victims-migrants-plus.html#comment-form

I have translated it for you. I posted it on another one of you stories.

Anonymous said...

@ badanov... I will say it. It is absurd to even think that El Chapo could bust a grape in Nuevo Laredo. Just as always, he runs in and kills a bunch of innocent people, puts up some banners, then runs and hope his nut hugger Calderon send the military to fight his mess. He killed so many innocent people in Juarez they hate him there. He cannot take a plaza from 1,000 miles away.

@ 12:28 AM...You are one of the few here that sees that the most evil is El Chapo. The Zetas didn't do this BS in their own plaza, come own. If they did it, it would have been in Sinaloa. CDG and CDS have done this weak shit for years but people are just now figuring that out.

Anonymous said...

@ May 14, 2012 8:15 PM

wow you have the whole cheer-leading uniform on , and you wear it well you go Zetilla!!!!!

Anonymous said...

@May 14, 2012 10:30 AM

That's even worse. Those were probably just picked up innocents and they beheaded them alive. I hope this killers will get what they deserves.

Anonymous said...

I think your right!

Anonymous said...

Most mexican people want a change they want justice, they want jobs ,they want a better way of living but lets put da blame on where it belongs and dats us mexicans for being lambs for yrs and yrs.we have put up with presidents ripping off mmexico for yrs we have let the corruption be a way of life and da main reason why we have such a mess in mexico is da fact dat the economy cannot hold its own and therefore people look for a quick buck to comeout ahhead! Since the country aint providing jobs da narcos will,even tho most wont realize itll cost them their life or freedom!!! This problem can be fixed but its da higher ups in da government who benefits from
Narcobribes!!! Why hasnt cartel bosses been caught chapo,mayo,azul,el h,carrillo,lazcano,tuta etc,. Is da mexican government so weak it cant clean its own house, and the answe to dat is yes, its weak and bought by certain cartels to go after its rivals!!!!

Anonymous said...

"put da blame on where it belongs and dats us mexicans for being lambs for yrs"
There may be hope yet,we need more Mexicans like you senore,who are not blinded by hatred for"gringos"and would rather think about a way to help Mexico and its people,from these dogs who take off its decent people.Everybody needs help sometimes,everybody.Saludos to you senore and ten cuidado.

Anonymous said...

If the united states wanted something from another country. If the country said no. the us would send troops out there and decared it war. Killing men women and children... Im not saying this massacre is ok. Just a stupid response

chéznut nation said...

This video is absolutely horrific....and to think this has always been happening for years, with the stability status of the Mexican govt. These killings will not stop. The death number will continue to grow, eventually it will peak to a number before seen. The only thing that will save this country is a revolution of the people, or mercenary force not bound the rules of engagement( which are botched anyway)

Anonymous said...

U are right lad

Anonymous said...

cdg,zetas,& all wannabees chingen a su madre sin armas no trayn nada.what goes around comes around.

Anonymous said...

hey ppl zetas are horible

Anonymous said...

This report helps put a face on this utterly devilish evil, the horror of which is truly off the charts for sadism and psychopathy. It is true that the members of the Zetas, Sinoloa Cartel, Gulf Cartel, etc, ALL must be found and full and complete justice imposed. As a lawyer, I have had my issues with capital punishment. This is primarily because governments, in prder to calm a society that is becoming increasingly afraid, strives to "stack the deck, to ensure everyone charged is convicted. Real guilt or innocence is irrelevant or worse immaterial to these career climbers and politician-prosecutors. Laws are written by prosecutors for prosecutors, not to assist the trier-of-fact in finding the truth. 9 out of 10 judges previously served as prosecutors and some even as police. But the shocking cruelty of these horrible murders cries out not just for justice; the cruelty and inhumanity and the most wicked of contempt of even Jehovah God Himself is such that it all cries out for VENGEANCE!!! It is very very hard not to want these perpetrators caught and then brutally executed. We must not give way to such evil, for God's Word declares: "Return evil for evil to no one." But these vile murderers, no doubt some of whom are literally possessed by Satan the Devil, MUST be caught. Once guilt is legitimately determined, after true fundamental fairness in terms of procedural due process, all such gang members found guilty must be put to death without fail. I would sign their death wareants without so much as a blink if the eyes They are diabolical psychopaths lusting after the most heinously savage butchery of that which is created in the image and likeness of God. They were innocents taking a bus across an impoverished land and my heart cries out in prayer for each of them. And my prayers are both heard and answered regularly. Let us worldwide pray to Jehovah Himself, by means of Jesus Christ, for swift and sure justice to be visited upon every Mexican gang member imvolved with and supportive of this savage butchery of human beings. Let us pray for protection of law enforcement who truly seek to apprehend this vicious animals. And let us pray fir protection of innocents traveling by way of buses in rural and abanfoned Mexico. I hope Mexican army rifles are aimed accurately and that each round finds its mark, in the form of Zeta snd Sinoloa and Gulf Cartel butcherers! This savagery must stop! Let us hope a future Mexican President will ask for United States Navy Seals and Delta Force and other duch special forces to assist America's neighbor in putting down these rabid dogs! Lastly if these monsters raise their arms against police, let them all be executed on site, let us slaughter and kill these tuthless animals until a Tsunami of drug gang blood comes rolling across the border, with these butcherers floating with entrails out in their own blood. Then as a memorial let them not be buried. Let all remembrance of such butchers be forgotten forever. Let the birds devour their rotting flesh and let the birds and other animals gulp diowm their evil blood. Let their bones be eaten by the bone eating eagle. Let our children and citizens spit and urinate and defecate and vomit on their corpses. Whatever isnt eaten and gulped down by animals let it be destroyed forever by fire where it lays. Let us do this and more swiftly for this evil butchery must cease forthwith and in a shocking way so that no fiend even would dare commit such sacage butchery of human life again!

Anonymous said...

El Chapo is a snitch for the dea
The Golfa cartel is dead
Los Zetas r rising to power

Its going to be a good year.
Ariba gto y Los zetas

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