Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Wave of Violence Leaves Another 23 Dead in Zacatecas

Sunday, August 12, 2012 |

Fifteen suspected cartel gunmen were killed and 14 others were arrested in different operations by federal security forces and state police in the north-central Mexican state of Zacatecas, where another eight badly decomposed bodies were found in a van, officials said.

In one of the operations, six reputed organized criminals, including a most-wanted suspect known as “Comandante Mara,” were killed in clashes with marines in the town of Sain Alto, Zacatecas’ government secretary told the media Friday.

Esau Hernandez said in a television interview that 14 other suspected criminals were arrested in another operation led by the federal police in the municipality of Rio Grande, where officers also seized communications gear, assault rifles, ammunition and some vehicles.

Another nine alleged organized criminals were killed in other operations involving federal forces and state police in that state, according to official reports.

Separately, spokespersons with the state’s Attorney General’s Office and Public Safety Secretariat said that eight bodies were found inside a van in the town of Fresnillo, a few kilometers from an army checkpoint.

They said the bodies were badly decomposed and that preliminary reports indicated the victims bore signs of torture.

Earlier this week in north-central Mexico, a van containing 14 bodies was found on the outskirts of the city of San Luis Potosi, capital of the like-named state.

Investigators gathered information indicating that the killers made a stop in the state of Zacatecas and the victims – discovered Thursday – were executed on the drive to San Luis Potosi.

The deaths come amid a turf war in that region pitting different organized crime gangs.

More than 50,000 people, according to official figures, have died in drug-related violence since late 2006, when newly inaugurated President Felipe Calderon militarized the struggle against the nation’s heavily armed, well-funded cartels.

The Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity, which was founded by human rights activist and poet Javier Sicilia, puts the death toll at 70,000.
Source: Associated Press

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36 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

any idea on which cartels were involved? wow,this just never ends does it...endless circle of death. no Manta's?

Anonymous said...

Confirmed el reye de Reyes is el commandanteR1 el commandante diablo is his nephew aligned with el Coss and el chapo and cjng the other gulf faction is Los metros Arturo el tejas el 98 tubis primo or brother and Al that metro faction with their new associate Ivan Vazquez caballero el z50 and his brother el z52 this is the group that has infiltrated the plaza of nuevo,Laredo because all these players know nuevo Laredo like the back of their hand

Anonymous said...

Well I sur do hope they start sending them again so we can keep a money flow, esta super seco aqui en tx no a camēllo y!

Anonymous said...

Que bueno pero el tubis lo mataron ase 2 años el que anda es el sobrino el juanio carrizales

Anonymous said...

To August 12, 2012 6:24 PM:

So z50 and z52 switched sides from zetas to gulf cartel??

Anonymous said...

Si el juanillo carizalez ese mero el z50es el que Les mato la gente de zacatecas y San Luis se Los regalo alos golfos mato tambien Al commandante morro bebo y pirrin 40 y lazca siguen bien aliados pero el talivan conoce mucho y tiene mucha gente que se fue con el y el es originario de nuevo laredo

Anonymous said...

El talivan is with the metros now him and his bro z52 el Negro hes clipped alot of zssss lately given to the gulf to murder and word is el talivan also made an alliance with el chapo Guzman thats how chapo entered nuevo laredo

Anonymous said...

for the people stating Z50 and Z52 joined the gulf cartel when did this happen? It has always been my understanding that el Lazca and Z50 were blood brother meaning they had have each others back until death. hard to believe this actually happened because el z50 lost alot of his men in this war i dont think that its like whatever we can go from enemies to buddies. Theres been alot of killings in zac but honestly how can we be certain their all zetas their dead they cant speak. what if the zetas killed those people and they might of been gulf or chapos???

Anonymous said...

I wonder if el Z50 kidnapped The singer of banda jerez marco flores since hes with the gulf now? I would say no since marco flores did make him a song!

Anonymous said...

that's crazy. Why did taliban switch sides? I've heard that taliban controls zacatecas and that he pulled his people out of nuevo laredo so that 40's people wouldn't kill them. any truth to that?

Anonymous said...

what about los rojos? what's their status with los metros and with los zetas?

Anonymous said...

So no wonder they found 3 dead Zetas with marijuana with Z40 writing on them in Nuevo Ladero and they didn't even take the drugs someone giving them away and y trust Z50 he switch side once because Zs where gonna cap his ass when he was working for Chapo now his doing it again cause CDG on his ass but Yup theres always a Judas

Anonymous said...

Attencion: el tslivsn mato a el morro de nuevo Laredo y el Sammy ya mato Al 50 o el talivan la Guerra de San Luis y zacztecas es por que el 50 andaba chapuliniando y por esto esta la guerea aya por q el 50 tiene todavia chingos de raza bien leal

Anonymous said...

Wow. This never STOPS. Can this war just end. Please

Anonymous said...

these are interesting comments, can u tell us more or give a source, man dats y zeta plazas are heating up espicially neuvo leon

Anonymous said...

@2:26 entonces ya torcieron a Ivan el z50?
-Pepsi

Anonymous said...

Una pregunta el Sammy ya lo mataron en cancun pero que era de z40 el Sammy ? Y el Taliban sige vivo no lo an matado porfa no Mientas. Se junto con Los tejas chapos y metros

Anonymous said...

More dead lowlives. Good good.

Anonymous said...

Long live EL TALIVAN CABRONES
HE PROBABLY DID THE RIGHT THING
TO GO WITH EL CHAPOS PEOPLE/DISHWASHERS. CUSE IT SEEMS LIKE
LOS carwasherZ. Are falling APART
THAT'S GOOD CUSE HE PROBABLY GOTS
GOOD INFO ON 40 OR LAZCANO.
GOD BLESS.

Anonymous said...

Where is the story from??

Anonymous said...

Mexico Security Memo: Rumors of a Split Within Los Zetas

Stratfor

Several media outlets recently have reported an organizational split between Los Zetas' two top leaders, Heriberto "El Lazca" Lazcano Lazcano and Miguel "Z-40" Trevino Morales. These reports cite a series of narcomantas posted June 1 in several states in Mexico alleging that Lazcano and Trevino betrayed several Zetas leaders close to them. Reports also cite social media messages that portrayed the two leaders as traitors.

Given the frequent fracturing of Mexico's organized criminal groups since the breakup of Miguel Angel "El Padrino" Felix Gallardo's Guadalajara cartel in the 1980s, a rift within Los Zetas would not come as a surprise and likely would lead to increased violence while factions fight for territorial control. However, currently there are no explicit indications of fracturing within Los Zetas. The group continues to defend its areas of operations from the Sinaloa Federation and its allies and to make incursions into rivals' strongholds.
A Closer Look At Los Zetas Split Rumors

Anonymous said...


Organizational splits within major criminal groups in Mexico typically have led to increased violence in regions where the criminal group operated. Felix Gallardo's decision to split the Guadalajara cartel into regional plazas eventually led to violent inter-cartel rivalries, such as the Sinaloa Federation's conflict with the Tijuana, Juarez and Gulf cartels. In northeastern Mexico, primarily in Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon states, Los Zetas continue to engage in turf wars with the Gulf cartel, their former parent organization.

Los Zetas have also received the most attention from government counternarcotics operations targeting the organization's high-ranking criminal leaders. In 2011, Los Zetas lost more cell leaders and plaza bosses than any other Mexican organized crime group as a result of the operations, and the group continues to suffer losses in local and regional leadership -- most recently on July 27, when soldiers in Huejotzingo, Puebla state, arrested Mauricio Izar Cardenas, the regional plaza boss allegedly responsible for Los Zetas' operations in southeastern Mexico. Despite these losses, Los Zetas have expanded into at least 17 states, giving the group among the widest geographic reach of all Mexico's cartels.

Since Los Zetas operate in more than half of Mexico's states, a conflict between the group's top leaders likely would trigger additional violence in multiple regions of the country. However, a rift between the top leaders is not the only scenario that could lead to internal conflicts. Los Zetas operate using compartmentalized cells and local leaders throughout Mexico and other countries, such as Guatemala. These cells typically follow the instructions of higher-level regional leaders and pay monetary dues but also may act independently from the larger organization. The June 1 narcomantas brought attention to these cells by implying that the arrest or death of several regional Los Zetas leaders resulted from betrayals by either Lazcano or Trevino.

Indications of an internal conflict will largely depend on where the rift within the organization forms, whether between Lazcano and Trevino or a breakaway Los Zetas cell. Currently, no such indications have manifested. Should Los Zetas suffer a significant internal conflict, their principal rivals, the Sinaloa Federation and its allies the Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion and Gulf cartel, would take advantage of the rift by redoubling their efforts to take control of Los Zetas' plazas. This in turn would result in increased violence, as recently seen in Coahuila state. Los Zetas' rivals may also attempt to bring any potential splinter groups into their own fold, much like the split between the Gulf cartel and Los Zetas that led to the alignment of the Gulf cartel with the Sinaloa Federation.

Editor's Note:We now offer the daily Mexico Security Monitor, an additional custom intelligence service geared toward organizations with operations or interests in the region, designed to provide more detailed and in-depth coverage of the situation.

Anonymous said...

if taliban switched to gulf/chapo and they win the so called war. within a few weeks after that chapo will declare war on taliban and coss. believe it thats the way chapo works

Anonymous said...

Didn't the Marines just kill 3 suspects? The other 12 were killed in clashes with criminals groups.

Anonymous said...

A si es el Z-50 chapulineo con los Tejas y Metros son los que andan de voladas las muy putas aqui en Nuevo Laredo.

Calentando la plaza y haciendo pendejadas para dar una imagen falsa pero dejenlos que se wilen un rato de rato van a caer.

Ya aviamos sospechado que algun Militar de rango alto andava con los Metros ahora es sabido que el Comandante de la Federal junto con sus lambe culos federales unos cuantos jalan para el Gringo del CDG.

Pero recuerden que El Taliban es de Nuevo Laredo aqui tiene mucha familia al igual el Arturo el Texas a ver si el Operativo les mata su gente por andar de panochones.

Como las casas que le en quemado al Arturo el Texas tambien le en secuestrado a varia de su familia aqui en Nuevo Laredo para que miren quien tiene el Control su mero padre el Z-40.

Atte: Yo Mero

Anonymous said...

wow all of a sudden no zetas cheerleaders, i think they are all running and hiding, all cartels are the SAME they all need to give up some people, maybe this taliban guy, heard that he was next to be caught, and didn't like the idea, and all those guys that denied that the zetas wasn't divided where are they "nectar de lima limon" "nectar de jumex" or whatever your name is

Anonymous said...

EL TALIVAN NO ERA DEL EL CDS EL QUE ERA ES SU MANO DERECHA EL "COMANDANTE ACOSTA" ESE ES DE CULIACAN SINALOA Y PUES ASI ES EL 50 LLA VOLTIO BANDERA Y ANDA EN GUERRA CON Z40 EL CHAPO LE MANDO ESTACAS EN FRESNILLO AL 50 EL "BOXER" Y EL "MARIN" PURO EQUIPO DE PRIMERA

Anonymous said...

Lol at all u chapo dick riders rootin for him. , theres no good guys here but atleast the z dont front like there the peoples cartel, dont believe wat the media tells you.

Anonymous said...

ni pedo 50 aki en laredo siempre vamos a cuidar nuestra plaza al 100 culeros siempre estaremozz listo para el refuego putos!!!!arriba los zetas d laredo tumbando tejias y metros los colgamos de un puente para que sepan quein manda en laredo jajaj

Anonymous said...

El 40 mato ala gente dle talivan en San Luis Potosi y ahora se VA hacer la Guerra ke todos esperaban pongansen pilas!!!

Anonymous said...

Well I just want to see the toll on the federales side. I know about 12 marines died in Zacatecas that day too. No wonder Calderon in orderion 15,000 soldiers more to seven states including ZZZacatecaZZ ! Has to cover for losses. Like in Michoacan where 50 PFPs were killed in an ambush outside of Apatzingan better spelled Afganistan of Mexico.

Anonymous said...

Its FUNNY THAT WHITE PEOPLE
CANT SAY ZACATECAS
OR GUANAJATO
MUCH LOVE TO ZACATECAS AND G.T.O
I GOT FAMILY OUT THERE IN G.T.O
JUST HOPE THEY AIN'T IN TO THIS STUFF.

Anonymous said...

who is Lazca siding with in this new war, z40 or z50?

Anonymous said...

Wtf? This is for honest people who actually know,whats up. If Coss and Comandate Diablo and R1 are all aligned with both CDS And CJNG. If Z50 hucked up with the Metros y lis Texas, does this mean that Z1 is also a homie with Los Escorpiones y los TT? Entonces,como es que some guys here say thay Z50 se alio al CDS si el Chapo es aliado del COSS y por lo tanto El Coss es enemigo de Los Metros? Como fregados esta esto, alguien que sepa y me conteste, thanks guys.

Anonymous said...

HONESTLY, I SEE THIS AS A POTENTIAL STABILIZER IN MX, if a good chunk of Z goes w z50 to the cdg/ sinaloa side, and lazca is also against z40, then it would be very likely z40 goes down. too much stacked against him. CT also wants him? come on hes on the ropes! if all these big organizations team up and call a truce/ respect territories, you could see a dramatic decrease in violence. the first step is get rid of z40. hes a loose cannon homicidal nut. he doesnt respect anyones turf, and draws a lot of heat w his tactics. better for everyone if things cool down

Anonymous said...

Miren hijos de la gran wallava el C.D.G aki manda en tamaulipas guste a quien le guste cale a quien le cale, es terreno de los rojos y metros ya esta la orden y viene de ariva.....

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