Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Mexican Marines Nab 5 Zetas, Seize $1.6 Million

Friday, July 27, 2012 |

Mexican marines detained five suspected members of the Zetas drug cartel this week and seized more than $1.6 million in cash, the Navy Secretariat said in a statement.

The arrests in Mexico City and in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz were the result of intelligence gathering and several operations conducted in recent days, the statement said.

Rafael Antonio Medina Rea and Ricardo Fuyivara Romero were detained Tuesday in this capital in possession of a suitcase with $880,000 in cash, as well as a handgun and a grenade.

The military personnel also detained suspected Zeta Jesus Rosas Ibarra on Wednesday in Mexico City and confiscated a box inside his vehicle with $730,890 in cash, as well as a handgun and another grenade.

According to the statement, authorities suspect Rosas Ibarra of serving since 2008 as a money manager for Los Zetas, a criminal gang notorious for its brutality.

Rosas Ibarra told authorities the two men detained Tuesday in the capital worked with him and were involved in transporting ill-gotten cash in hidden vehicle compartments.

The secretariat also said two men suspected of transporting money for the Zetas – Feliciano Ruiz Atilano and Rafael Vazquez Solis – were arrested Wednesday in Xalapa, capital of the Gulf coast state of Veracruz.

Los Zetas, a group founded by deserters from a U.S.-trained Mexican special forces unit, started out as the armed wing of the Gulf cartel, but the two criminal organizations had a falling out in 2010 and the Zetas went into the drug business on their own account, gaining control of several lucrative territories.

Even in the violent world of Mexican organized crime, the Zetas stand out for their propensity to dismember the bodies of their victims.

President Felipe Calderon, who will step down in December, gave marines, army soldiers and federal police the lead role in the battle against drug cartels shortly after taking office in 2006.

Source: EFE


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13 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

It's comical how media always says Z are known for their brutal tactics. LIKE NO OTHER CARTEL IS DISMEMBERING ITS ENEMIES. Chopping a head off is chopping a head off. Z aren't doing anything that everybody else isn't doing.

Anonymous said...

tumben tambien al chapo pinches corruptos culeros, como q a todos menos a el

Anonymous said...

Those mexican marines mean business....

Al quds said...

Thats a lot of fucking money but in the end is
It worth getting your head chopped off
By a rival is it worth it going to someones
Village with ak47s and demanding were your
rivals are and if they aren't there then that
rivals family member gets a knife to the neck
Or bullet to the head is this drug war worth it in the end.

Anonymous said...

that picture belongs to the capture of William de Jesús Torres Solórzano alias 'El W' o 'El Come Gusanos', they were arrested in puebla city, and also in huejotzingo puebla Mauricio Cárdenas Guízar alias 'El Amarillo' was arrested

Anonymous said...

Weren't all these people according to other blogs people close to el Z-40 apparently all of these guys were close to him and are calling it sketchy only his people have been hit lately am not expert on this but this is what I have been reading elsewhere.. el W was a big zeta in Guatemala right and apparently el Amarillo is going to get it in jail from his own friends..
whats the word on the CDG helping Zetas infiltrate their own plazas that am reading everywhere? I restate i don't know how trustworthy those other blogs are but just sharing here

-Pepsi

Anonymous said...

damn iwouldnt put it past them if the suppposedly 2 split factions are snitching on each other now,so who snitched on who about this ?z40 at it again..droppin da dime on his own ppl again..

Anonymous said...

Did anybody else notice the Guy with black shirt with M&Ms logo on it? So this is the next big thing in narco chic! Like them wearing ed Hardy this and that, that's sooo cool. I'm from eagle pass, tejas, where can I get them M&Ms.. yeeaahh...

CarreteraDurangoMazatlan said...

Nice M&M shirt fashion boy. La Barbie didn't even look that ridicous. All these guys will melt in the hand of Los Sinaloenses.

Anonymous said...

That's funny your totally right.

Anonymous said...

No they wont. The sinaloas aint doing nothing just snitching

Anonymous said...

that guy next to the one with the m&m shirt is "el w"
he was on a youtube video "fiesta de los zetas" with alot of top ranking zetas members having a lame ass party, but look at him now hes locked up. they should just kill these fuckers. fuck all craptels!

Anonymous said...

"that guy next to the one with the m&m shirt is "el w"
he was on a youtube video "fiesta de los zetas"
Saludos hermano,i never thought of that.See it now.

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