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The Black Kiss: Zetas Groomed Texas Teens As Sicarios At 13

Thursday, July 5, 2012 |

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Reta

Cordona tattooed his eye lids to appear open
Gabriel Cardona and Rosalio ‘Bart’ (as in Bart Simpson) Reta are American citizens of the border town of Laredo, Texas. They were raised in poverty and with the many problems inherent to poverty.  When developing  to the teenage years, they had dropped out of school and had become friends with bad influences. Seduced by the promises of easy money, faster cars and an abundance of girls, the two childhood friends soon joined the despicable cartel of Los Zetas.
This group of mercenaries and narcos trained them to kill, and the two young boys started to work as hit men. They were paid ahead of time; they lived in safe houses in upper class neighborhoods of  Laredo Texas, where those hard working successful citizens were clueless that the new family in the neighborhood were teen sicarios.  The teens worked a five day work week, on call, ready for the order for them  to kill on both sides of the border. They were paid up to $10,000 dollars and 2 kilos of cocaine for each job, and  bonuses like a 70 thousand dollar Mercedes for a well executed job.
Laredo safe house where the teens lived, and waited for orders
“You know, it’s the money, the cars, the houses, the girls,” Rosalio Reta said, after a pause, “And you know that it will not last forever, that it will end.” He said.
In April of 2006, Cardona was arrested in Texas during an operation coordinated by Roberto Garcia, a detective from Laredo. The 19 year old teenager confessed to have participated in seven murders and involved Reta, among others.  Reta fled to Mexico.
Execution of a "friend"
Cardona also confessed to have kidnapped two American teenagers, members of a rival cartel. Erupting in laugher, his mocking description of their pleas was heard  by the detective as he monitored the conversation.  Despite the captives plea, he tortured them and stabbed them then  killing them with a broken bottle. In  the hacked phone conversation between Cardona and Reta, Cardona describes how he collected the blood of the dying bodies in a glass and toasted to the Santa Muerte (Holy Death), the female deity of death. He placed the bodies in a barrel with 55 gallons of diesel, to preparing to cook them and set them on fire.
Reta expresses his admiration for Trevino's
leadership qualities, in a shootout he is in front, with weapon.
A month later, Reta was arrested in Mexico for being involved in a vain assassination attempt in a bar in Monterrey. Alleged to have killed four and injured twenty five when he opened fire and threw a grenade inside the popular bar. Even then, he didn’t  kill his victim and the Zetas wanted him dead . Reta contacted Roberto Garcia from jail and asked to be extradited to the United States. There, in a recorded interview he confessed to have committed 30 murders.
Gabriel Cardona currently is serving a sentence of 80 years for five homicides, in which afterwards- if he is still alive- will serve a sentence of life for the kidnappings. While awaiting his trial, Cardona, asked a convicted companion to tattooed open eyes in his eyelids. In 2008 Reta was sentenced to 70 years for two murders in Laredo. He also asked a prisoner to tattooed flames and horns on the face.
CBC released a video with the backstory information and  interview with the young killer "Bart" Reta.  He  reveals some of the inner workings of one of Mexico's most depraved and violent drug cartels.

                       Another video that contains some information about these thugs:

part of the wiretap-click to enlarge

Viewing  on a larger format:
View the full CBC video by LINKING HERE

More on Gabriel Cardona LINK HERE
Sources used: CBC and SOMA (translated by Chivis from Spanish)

Thank you to Milo of BB Forum for the link to the Gangland Video

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56 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

RATS and COWARDS its what all this Zeta bastards are... All they do is snitch.. You wanna be part of a group.. join the army, marines or air force... Do something with ur lives people... Free Mexico from this trash..

Anonymous said...

I remember when these killings were going on. Strange how nobody knew anything. Dozens of people from Laredo disappeared around 04-08.

Anonymous said...

thats that dude from the gangland video about the zetas

-tyrone-

Anonymous said...

didn't Rosalio Reta come out in an episode of '' The First 48'' in A&E?? It's a couple years old if it was him but, I clearly remember the face tattoos.

Anonymous said...

So if you dont complete the task the Z leaders give you, your failure is death? Maybe thats why all kinds get caught up. The new recruit goes after the fails. To them, this is a real life game. All that anxiety and drugs combine doeesnt sooth well..and alc.

Anonymous said...

That crazy woman married him...
What is with those women who marry killers in prison?

Anonymous said...

This is another example about how much of a cowards this mother fuckers are, they all think they are invincible until they are all alone.

Anonymous said...

Awesome piece bbeat never before seen photo of Miguel Trevino wonder why the narco blog sites dont put that picture up instead of the outdated one they got hes well dresses if u saw him at the grocery store u would never guess hes the infamous assasin!!

Anonymous said...

Ora bet this vato getin smashed on s.o.s. (smash on site) p.c. wur this vato posted up lol home boy #%*€ puesto del valluco palmita vien puesta fuk this paisa en el rancho no corre nada de ese pedo que z ni que la chingada sales tumbado ;) south tx 956 all day every day

Anonymous said...

Video doesn't play on my browser. Play-button doesn't play. Am I only one with this problem?

Anonymous said...

rot in your cells you pieces of filth

Anonymous said...

Welcome to Tejas

Anonymous said...

These cartel bumboys are paranoid of the rival cartels, but they are more paranoid of their own cartel.

Anonymous said...

Oh if we could just make that old poverty (and hypocrisy) go away everyone would be sweetness and light. This poor fellow is just a victim yadda yadda yadda yadda. He made his choices now he gets to live (or die) with them.

They will say let him live because he's so young. I say shoot him before he infects others. He's like a rabid dog. Do him a favor, put him out of his misery.

Anonymous said...

Now why would Z-40 be riding around with these retards? to wash their car ?

Anonymous said...

These guys are the definition of "fight one bean, fight the whole burrito". Punk ass pussies. All of them. See where all his "keeping it real" has gotten him? In a place where he is a bitch for life. Your in jail, your a bitch. Going through life with others controlling your light switch, menu, choice in clothes, and the rest of what comes with prison is too much of a price to be a gang banger. They laugh at the rest of society for being "normal", but who has the last laugh when your sitting in jail the test of your life and everyone else can take a shit in privacy and breath fresh air?

Chivis said...

I was finally able to add the video in my post. for the larger format you still have to link to my forum post, but I have the link below the video.

yes, this is the low life that has been in 2 other videos that I am aware of, however I think CBC did the best effort and is new...the story is not that of CBC, for that text see my forum post. I chose instead a SOMA article and translated it from Spanish.

about Trevino's foto. Yeah I was surprised also. I took the shot that is in the video and used software to create two pretty good shots of Trevino.....Paz, Chivis

Anonymous said...

Yeah! The same way Z-40 was riding with the Texas, Cartel del Golfo and the Z's, washing their cars and stabbing them in the back, or calling the Marinos and federales on them. Fucking Snitch!

Anonymous said...

@ chivis can u please tell me about da 2 other friends.they seem to forgot about the leader and other teen what happen to dem they get arrested kill or what ill be waiting

Anonymous said...

YES I DID MARRY HIM AND I HAVE NO REGRETS!! U R ONLY LOOKING AT HOW THE MEDIA PORTRAYS HIM. WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES IN LIFE. AND AS FAR AS BEING CRAZY NO I AM NOT, I JUST DONT JUDGE PPL BASED ON WHAT OTHER PPL HAVE 2 SAY. UNLIKE U

Chivis said...

@ 12:59AM

Who are the guys? Nmaes please. I just added another video and a link....Paz, Chivis

Anonymous said...

That dumb girl finding love with these type of losers never seems to amaze me. I worked in TDC and the females that visitsf these gang members are always fat or plain dumb.

Anonymous said...

The other dudes in video.
Gabriel Cardona,earliest release date 2036,leader of the cell."Bart"Reta,and Jesus Gonzalez,who was waiting to be extradited to the US,but his ass got stabbed to death in NL with another kidnapper,because he was gonna start naming names.

Anonymous said...

the eyelid tattoos make him look gay .that dude wont last in tdc zetas are not welcomed there for what they have done to the game and to the people that have people in the inside

Anonymous said...

What year is that foto from? Looks like he put on a couple of pounds from the old foots.

Anonymous said...

Shame on them! Degrade human race they deserve to die!

Anonymous said...

It doesn`t really make much sense, a powerful cartel using 13 year olds to work for them. Sure, kids are dumb as dirt and they are easily fooled so they are easy to use I guess but they are also idiots with no life experience. I would never hire a kid to do anything becasue he will most likely turn on me and screw me over later. So when I hear of cartels paying kids to do jobs.....hard to take it seriously, who was the genius who came up with that idea, its like hiring a mad dog and then think "its not going to bite me".

Anonymous said...

I AM NOT FAT OR DUMB, I AM VERY WELL EDUCATED AND AS FAR AS BEING A CUNT NOT EVEN CLOSE. Y DONT U TAKE THE TIME 2 LEARN THE WHOLE STORY B4 U PASS JUDGEMENT ON ANYONE. BCAUSE I HIGHLY DOUBT THAT ANY OF U R PERFECT!!! JUST REMEMBER ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE!!! SO UR THOUGHTS ABOUT ME AND MY HUSBAND REALLY DONT MATTER.

Anonymous said...

July 8, 2012 5:27 AM

"It doesn`t really make much sense, a powerful cartel using 13 year olds to work for them. Sure, kids are dumb as dirt and they are easily fooled... "

I seriously doubt that these idiots ever rode around with the carwasher. Probably someone from C.D.G. called them on the radio, disguised his voice, said he was Z-40, and told them to go around killing each other. They were so dumb that they actually did it. The guy who they killed that said he was their friend probably was. Idiots blindly following orders to kill each other. Pathetic.

Anonymous said...

Only looking at how the media portrays him lmao lady u need a Dr.phil the media reports facts they dont portray him he admitted dont u see the video he was there n z40made him watch decapitations there is nothing u can say that can convince me of ur story heres a fact for u lady prison inmates will tell u anything u want to hear wen they are alone weak depressed wen they find an open mind they use their criminal mind to reel u in,their worl congrats lady ur family should bw ashamed of u,ur the weak lady he,pryed on,ur,just as guily as him may God,have mercy on,ur soul for selling,ur soul to the,devil!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

@WIFE:
You seriously think that marrying a SERIAL KILLER is ok? You need treatment girl. There are names for the disorders you are mixing for your special kind of crazy. You might think he is being unfairly judged, but you are living in denial and ignorance of DOCUMENTED FACT. I hope you never curse this world with children. Shame on you for thinking you are so superior to us judges of PROVEN FACT, I hope you get help soon. May God and the angels of light protect the people around you. You poor deluded, sociopathic thing.

Anonymous said...

All this is heading our way and Senators from California working for the Zetas trying to get weapons out of publics reach for our self defense. Thats great ! We are just gonna have to kneel to them in that case !

Anonymous said...

Don't understand why some ppl pick on the lady that marry the guy. If u guys think she is for real why don't get some inside information instead of trying to preach her.
I'm writing this because later ppl will start crying saying "we had a lady that married a serial killer and people scared her away with their dumb comments"
I think we all are a little sick for hanging in a page like this. This is not Normal. so who we are to judge other people?

Anonymous said...

U my friend are an idioit if Mr.reta had,killed one,of,ur,family members u wouldnt be,feeling,like u do so u shut the fuck up cuz u havent done ur research ignorant fool!!!!

Anonymous said...

Yeah! Now the woman will spend the next 75 years sending money to this asshole's inmate trust fund so he can buy cigars and ramen soups for his padrote.

Anonymous said...

DO YOU PEOPLE REALLY THINK SHE'S GOING TO BE A FAITHFUL WIFE FOR THE NEXT 80 YEARS? 80 YEARS WITHOUT SHINING THE SHOE?

Anonymous said...

Actually I am and if things don't get better than I would file 4 a divorce. I do not belive in cheating. I just don't understand y all the focus is on me and not on the real story. I have never commited a crime in my life. Who I chose 2 marry is my buisness. I am a good person not a piece of shit. And what I do with my life is my buisness. Just because I married him doesn't make me a bad person. I am who I am and I will not apologize 4 that. U don't have 2 agree with my choices but my hands r clean, I would never hurt any1.

Anonymous said...

Also I don't send him money his family takes care of him. Yes I do love him but I have my own house hold 2 take of. And he has never asked me 4 a dime. And 4 that I respect him.

Anonymous said...

Thank u I know that u r not defending me but u r right if ppl want 2 know about me then they need 2 do their research. Its just 2 bad that they won't find anything bad at about me. And if ppl r gonna continue 2 judge me based on who I married then I am gonna just back away bcause I have no connection 2 the cartels or anything 2 do with them. And he has been in jail 4 6 years now and if ppl watch the interview from 2 years ago and the most recent 1 then they will c the change in him. Ppl change and grow up. And I believe every1 deserves a second chance. No1 is perfect not me or any1 on here. So please just keep the focus on his case and not on me. Thank u

Anonymous said...

yea dope pic of 40

Al quds said...

They should be called Los putozZeta

Anonymous said...

puro santonino/napo/nyk/NDM

Anonymous said...

I bet you wouldn't say that 2 his face if you were his cely

Anonymous said...

Bet you if I was his celly he would meet la santa muerte in person I would make that bitch drink piss instead of blood and hes a p.c that means protective custody hes a coward cant be house with real criminals if he was so tuff why did he snitch on the other gay guy

Anonymous said...

I dont know who is sicker the kidz that did these crimes or the people posting stupid shit let this woman be happy she wants to marry a killer let her marry one peace ** JoJo 928**

Anonymous said...

okay ms i think im going to feel cool for 5 seconds by acting like i married a sick fuck and sit at my computer all day clicking refresh waiting for replies lol, if you are his so called wife, whats his mothers name??? what elementary did he go to?? what street did he grow up on?? and finally which drug did he say he was forced to take that made him crazy to do these killings??? only someone who really knows him would know these things as i wrote him for a while to help get my cousin to stop worshiping these scum and tell him what its really like and i have to give it to him he did help my family by telling him the real stories. and for that i have a little respect for him but hes still scum so go ahead mamacita lol lets hear it!

Anonymous said...

That girl has bailed and i don't blame her.All the saintly people on here?I didn't know there was this many righteous people in the world who have never committed any kind of sin or infraction,or lapse in judgement.Girl i don't agree with your choice of man,but that is your business.If you feel the need for company and intimacy with a dude,then yes,i think you should start to think of divorce.But a lot of people can do without intimacy(not me,caint do that)But its your choice,as for dude in jug,he aint never hittin the streets.Think what is best for you and yours,he hasn't got a choice anymore,you have.I know he likes to have a woman come see him,but,we cannot run around killing people.He made his choice.As for people on here,we all just human,with human frailty's.

Anonymous said...

Well lets c his mothers name is Maria veronica reta maiden name urbina yes thats my mother in law. And he never spoke about any drug that made him do crazy shit and as far as where he grew up was in San Enrique in the colonia of Guadalupe. So now how do u feel u stupid bitch.... oh and here is a message from him mind ur own business he doesnt know u and could care less about u. He said he never wrote 2 u and doesnt know u so stop trying 2 b in his buisness. Now dont u feel stupid. Grow up and get a life of ur own and stay out of ours. And sorry i dont sit in front of my computer all day i have a job a really good 1.

Anonymous said...

I'd say Rosalio has gotten mercy from God already...70 years for 30 murders is pretty good.Real justice would be if he had to go through what all of his victims went through. People should be focusing on the victims in this story...and Rosalio is NOT a victim. He said himself: “You know, it’s the money, the cars, the houses, the girls,” Lots of people are attracted to these things but they won't kill people to get it. I grew up in an abusive, poor home and I know lots of people that have grown up in similiar childhoods. I personally don't give a f**k if a girl wants to marry Rosalio. Personally, I wouldn't like to not ever be physically intimate with my man, but if some chick is perfectly ok with that...whatever. People do change, that's true. I have a child by a Mexican man who let's just say has a "past." He left his wife and kid in Mexico, came up here to the US and got me pregnant, (I had no idea he had a wife and child till he confessed when my daughter was 4 months old)then left us for 4 years when my daughter was 1 and ahalf years old. He did come back and seems to have changed for the better. He visits my daughter every 2 weeks and pays child support now for over 4 years.
That being said, I want to issue a warning to any girls that may be reading this stuff...I've grown up with criminals and tended to be attracted to similar men as a woman. You have to listen to your instincts and NOT YOUR HEART. Your heart doesn't discriminate and you can fall in love with dangerous men. If you are seeing red lights from your man, get the f**k out! And sometimes unhealthy men are subtle about their abuse, making it all the more confusing. But any time stories aren't adding up, he hurts you in any way and always blames it on being stressed or whatever GET OUT. Also there are sociopaths around and sociopaths are VERY good at being the nice, charming man. They'll sweep you off your feet. I was with another Mexican man for 4 years who went to classes on how to get rid of his ego, he always talked about respect and putting yourself in others shoes...you would have thought he was Jesus Christ himself. Well then the insults started coming and eventually he abandoned my daughter and I for another woman. And let me tell you the man I saw when he left was not the man I knew for 4 years. He couldn't give a shit about me or my daughter when he left. So just because a guy is sweet and nice a lot doesn't necessarily mean there's not another side to him. And what one poster wrote about prisoners getting lonely and using their criminal minds to manipulate a vulnerable person in can absolutely be true.
And it doesn't matter how much a person may have changed, what they chose to do is still a reality. There's some mother out there who's son was killed. There's some sister out there who's brother was killed. And they got to see some punkass kid be smug on the video about killing their relatives and not only that but get himself tattooed up before court. And they get to pay the price of having a hole in their heart for the rest of their lives. I hear victims families talking about that the pain never goes away they just have to learn to live with it. And I wouldn't blame or judge the victims families if they didn't forgive Rosalio. He doesn't deserve sympathy for what he did. Did he get screwed out of a good childhood...yeah maybe. For that I feel bad for him. But not for his decision to murder people and then brag and boast about it. And I hope he has to face his victims on the other side.

Anonymous said...

I'd say Rosalio has gotten mercy from God already...70 years for 30 murders is pretty good.Real justice would be if he had to go through what all of his victims went through. People should be focusing on the victims in this story...and Rosalio is NOT a victim. He said himself: “You know, it’s the money, the cars, the houses, the girls,” Lots of people are attracted to these things but they won't kill people to get it. I grew up in an abusive, poor home and I know lots of people that have grown up in similiar childhoods. I personally don't care if a girl wants to marry Rosalio. Personally, I wouldn't like to not ever be physically intimate with my man, but if some chick is perfectly ok with that...whatever. People do change, that's true. I have a child by a Mexican man who let's just say has a "past." He left his wife and kid in Mexico, came up here to the US and got me pregnant, (I had no idea he had a wife and child till he confessed when my daughter was 4 months old)then left us for 4 years when my daughter was 1 and ahalf years old. He did come back and seems to have changed for the better. He visits my daughter every 2 weeks and pays child support now for over 4 years.
That being said, I want to issue a warning to any girls that may be reading this stuff...I've grown up with criminals and tended to be attracted to similar men as a woman. You have to listen to your instincts and NOT YOUR HEART. Your heart doesn't discriminate and you can fall in love with dangerous men. If you are seeing red lights from your man, get out! And sometimes unhealthy men are subtle about their abuse, making it all the more confusing. But any time stories aren't adding up, he hurts you in any way and always blames it on being stressed or whatever GET OUT. Also there are sociopaths around and sociopaths are VERY good at being the nice, charming man. They'll sweep you off your feet. I was with another Mexican man for 4 years who went to classes on how to get rid of his ego, he always talked about respect and putting yourself in others shoes...you would have thought he was Jesus Christ himself. Well then the insults started coming and eventually he abandoned my daughter and I for another woman. And let me tell you the man I saw when he left was not the man I knew for 4 years. He couldn't give a shit about me or my daughter when he left. So just because a guy is sweet and nice a lot doesn't necessarily mean there's not another side to him. And what one poster wrote about prisoners getting lonely and using their criminal minds to manipulate a vulnerable person in can absolutely be true.
And it doesn't matter how much a person may have changed, what they chose to do is still a reality. There's some mother out their who's son was killed. There's some sister out there who's brother was killed. And they got to see some punkass kid be smug on the video about killing their relatives and not only that but get himself tattooed up before court. And they get to pay the price of having a hole in their heart for the rest of their lives. I hear victims families talking about that the pain never goes away they just have to learn to live with it. And I wouldn't blame or judge the victims families if they didn't forgive Rosalio. He doesn't deserve sympathy for what he did. Did he get screwed out of a good childhood...yeah maybe. For that I feel bad for him. But not for his decision to murder people and then brag and boast about it. And I hope he has to face his victims on the other side.

Anonymous said...

Kuz nobody suspects a child

Anonymous said...

that did happen in Texas right? why didn't they get the death penalty?? I respect Texas for leading the country in executions of pieces of shit. I wish California was the leader in that category, but we couldn't eve execue Richard Ramirez..

Anonymous said...

@wife.....So ok I've heard your arguments including everyone else's I'm not attacking you, but I wonder to myself based on your own description of yourself why would you choose to marry someone of his nature instead of somebody like yourself ? I'm not asking so I can judge you...I'm just trying to understand the attraction. you may, or may not get criticized by answering my request but I can assure you it won't be from me.

Anonymous said...

Los Zetas are responsible for the majority of the brutality in Mexico which is why all the cartels, governments & military are all converging upon them, Wipe out all the Zetas & everything will go back to being quiet like it used to be. Fucking Zetas are trash & cowards who prey on innocent men, women & children.

Anonymous said...

Holy shit i cant believe we got the wife of this psycho on here and you guys are trying to scare her off. Dont you get it?? You are on here to read about this kind of stuff...you should be asking her questions about her husband, not berating her.

I remember years ago we had a guy on the message boards who worked for CDG, and instead of picking his brain, everybody yelled at the guy, and he left.

Some people are idiots. We all came to this blog because we have a fascination with the drug war down in mexico. So lets not scare everybody off

Anonymous said...

I am back on here if u wanna see who I am go 2 my Twitter I dont have anything 2 hide... and kfor all the ppl saying that I am fat and stupid why dont you take the time to ask me questions and look at my pics b4 u start with the name calling... I am very educated and successful. .. I have my own business

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