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When Taliban called Z40 a Traitor, Trevino Responded

Saturday, September 29, 2012 |

When Taliban called Z40 a traitor, Trevino responded by taking steam shovel to one of Tailban's homes.

Posted in Borderland Beat Forum by DD

With Ivan Velazquez Caballero, the reputed narco boss known as “Taliban” now behind bars in Mexico, Dudley Althaus reports today on the shifting, bloody geopolitics of narcotics near the South Texas border.

We’re also hearing from solid sources in Mexico that matters have gotten especially nasty. When banners purportedly signed by Velazquez recently appeared in various cities — accusing rival Miguel Trevino and his followers of being traitors — Trevino reportedly sent steam shovels and earth-moving equipment to smash one of Velasquez’s homes in the Zacatecas city of Fresnillo. The Committee to Protect Journalists took photos:


 
(Committee to Protect Journalists.)

Meanwhile, check out the thick, interesting federal document posted at the bottom of this page regarding this Zeta players. I’ve not seen many like it, but this is one of the U.S. cases against El Taliban and the others.

Dudley Althaus’ story:


Mexican marines have captured a renegade leader of the Zetas known as El Taliban in the latest blow by the U.S.-backed commando campaign against the violent gang operating south of the Texas border.

 "El Taliban"
 Ivan Velazquez Caballero, 42, was dragged Wednesday evening from a safe house in a middle class neighborhood in the city of San Luis Potosi. Though accompanied by two bodyguards, Velázquez apparently was seized without a shot being fired. He and his two alleged accomplices were presented to the media early Thursday.

“It was a great job on the part of the Mexican government and military,” said Rusty Payne, a Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman in Washington. “We’re working side by side in Mexico. We pass them leads. We give them information and they act upon it. We’ve definitely helped the Mexicans put the puzzle together.”

Mexico’s government put a $2.5 million price on Velázquez’s head last spring. He also faces a U.S. criminal indictment on drug-trafficking charges in the Houston-based Southern District of Texas.

Broke with Zetas
Formerly a senior Zetas lieutenant, Velázquez had broken with the gang’s top bosses in recent months, allying himself with remnants of the rival Gulf Cartel and Knights Templar gangs to vie for control of key border cities and smuggling routes.

His fall, combined with the Navy’s capture this month of two Gulf Cartel leaders, could bolster efforts by Zetas kingpins

Miguel Angel Trevino
Miguel Angel Trevino known as Z-40, and Heriberto Lazcano to consolidate underworld control along the entire south Texas border.

Velázquez’s arrest came hours after marines captured 18 alleged Zetas gunmen close to the border upriver from McAllen, an area that lately has been considered Gulf Cartel territory. But running battles also erupted later Wednesday between marines and gunmen in the center of Piedras Negras, which shares the Rio Grande with Eagle Pass and is considered to be under Treviño’s sway.

The quickly shifting alliances and battlefronts can make the gangster feuds resemble a full-blown war. But Mexican and U.S. officials stress that at its heart, the violence is about criminal enterprise – primarily getting illegal drugs to American and other consumers and bringing the profits home.

“The whole battle is for the routes, getting the drugs and money across,” said a U.S. official in Mexico, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Nuevo Laredo and other towns and cities bordering south Texas rank among the biggest prizes.

The Zetas split from their former patrons in the Gulf Cartel in February 2010 and have since grown into one of Mexico’s leading criminal syndicates, trailing only Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s so-called Pacific Federation.

Eduardo Costilla
Marines this month arrested Gulf Cartel leaders Mario Cardenas Guillen and Eduardo Costilla, further weakening that once-dominant gang.

Started as a teen
Velázquez grew up in Nuevo Laredo and began his criminal career as a teenager stealing cars. Like Treviño, he joined the Zetas after the group was formed in the late 1990s and was among the few to rise to leadership in the group who were not ex-soldiers, like Lazcano, officials said.

In addition to being indicted on drug-trafficking and money-laundering charges, court documents and testimony in recent years tie Velázquez to several murders across the border in Laredo.

The split between Velázquez and his former Zetas bosses became public in mid-August with the discovery of the bodies of 14 Velázquez gunmen stuffed into a van parked outside San Luis Potosi. Scores also have been killed this month in Nuevo Laredo as the factions battle it out.

From the blog "Narco Confidential" at
http://blog.chron.com/narcoconfidential/2012/09/taliban-falls-in-mexico-and-narco-wars-take-another-twist/#7584-1

Following the story is a copy of a 40 page US Indictment out of Laredo of Taliban, Z-40 and a whole slew of others.  Here is the link if you want to read it all:  
http://www.scribd.com/doc/107596849/Zetas-Indictment-in-Laredo

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35 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

So they capture El Taliban around the same time they capture El Pelon ,El Sierra, and El Coss and the Marina made all those arrest not the Federal Police (some of you bb commenters would say Z40 would use the PFP to capture his competition or rivals) so the MX Navy also said they had a 9 month investigation going on to capture El Taliban...So someone is pointing out CDG leaders and possible leaders is it a wild coincidence he got captured after spliting from the Z and joining back with CDG...also remember the banner where El Taliban had CDG and KT don't you think he forgot to mention a major allie Cds I think there involved in this some how just ready to take CDG plazas or even the who organization leadership

Anonymous said...

40 can smash all the concrete he wants he is still a rat and traitor to those that follow him.

Anonymous said...

Juan Antonio Carreón Vazquez, 22,notice his code name?"Camaron"the Shrimp,he was caught on a Z training camp in 11 by Marina,this is the dude BB posted the story on a couple days ago,hung by the CDG?He is brother of Ernesto “Nune” Carreón Vazquez,a high ranking Z,he aint shit now,he dead.
His name is in the indictment.

Anonymous said...

The Taliban was called a traitor.
But he was caught.
So all the accusations were wrong.

Maybe the acuser is the real traitor.
(Sorry, I forgot his name.)

Anonymous said...

Pendejo TALIVAN 50 se fue con el golfo no mas para que lo torcieran , hablaba de TRAICION y el traiciono los ZETAZ*****

Anonymous said...

I say z40 is snitching as much as he can wat a coinsidence once zetas start splitting and getting weaker capoz start falln. Taliban switched so the best way to take him out b4 he getz tookn out is get him caught up.

DFL said...

This Filty Dog that they call Taliban is a Traitor along with all of the other pee ons that run these "Cartel Gangs".
Death to those fucking Losers.
God Bless The American Heros at the D.E.A!!! These are good People and the Best of the of the Best!!

Anonymous said...

i think the day Mexico can find peace is the day z40 will be captured or killed

Anonymous said...

Hahahahaha,how funny is that he gets an excavator to smash talibans mansion,these capo's make me laugh hard.

Anonymous said...

Rumor has it 40 already owns most of the marina assigned to tamaulipas.

Anonymous said...

El taliban se entrego para traiconar alos zetas va cantar como parajito

Anonymous said...

el 40 tambien canto largo y tendido cuando lo apañaron en Dallas, Tx, fue un torcedero de gente en Oak Leaf, canto como canaria calentona, ya no hallaban como callarlo.

Anonymous said...

God bless all those american hero's of the d.e.a. get the hell out of here with that shit. The d.e.a is just as corrupt. Remember fast and furios? Let's see how blessed they are when a bullet from the guns they poured into mexico comes back to split that wig

Anonymous said...

Fast and Furious was an operation gone bad due to lack of supervision. Nothing to do with the punk ass corrupt mexican government. You should be glad that my USA is trying to help Mexico to get out of that hole your politicians hace immersed the country. The USA puts up with 80% of your bullshit, can you at least put up with the other 20%?

Anonymous said...

Well the guy on top was right someone was pointing out CDG leaders nd the winner is.... yes sir Osiels Nephew X-5 who got arrested in Tx...and he admits the only reliable MX gvt force is the Navy who made all the arrest...so amazingly Z40 didn't snitch them out nd I don't think he could have the Marina on his payroll nd if he did have contact with them hush gonna end up like El Coss double crossed by the. marina

Anonymous said...

Mexico is a joke.

Anonymous said...

where is all the CDG fans now? hehe poor old dumbshit Commander Diablo must be in hiding,he must be pissin himself somewhere makin a big puddle underneath his feet.

Anonymous said...

Where is z40, he is always hiding, I'm from this town and nobody has ever seen his fat ass in any shootout. The halconez always look and act like a bunch of whores without a pimp.

Anonymous said...

Operation gone bad my ass. If u did youre homework u woulde know that letting the guns in was intentional. Thats why alot of the guys involved ,even higher up's are being federally indicted

Anonymous said...

"Where is z40, he is always hiding, I'm from this town and nobody has ever seen his fat ass in any shootout. The halconez always look and act like a bunch of whores without a pimp"
C,mon man,you not stupid,why the fuck would he get involved in shit like that,would you?He already got enough problems making sure no-one tops his ass.He aint gonna go runnin round town poppin his AR off,you this man,you know the score.Ey man,i bet his ass does all his business by calls and radio,he gotta to be to busy hiding every night in different safe houses,rollin with his protection unit of po po,and his own crew of shooters.You know only to well you never see any of these guys in public out and about,imagine them gettin spotted by the other side?Shit would get crazy.

Anonymous said...

"God bless all those american hero's of the d.e.a. get the hell out of here with that shit. The d.e.a is just as corrupt. Remember fast and furios? Let's see how blessed they are when a bullet from the guns they poured into mexico comes back to split that wig"
Man,do you wanna see an end to any of this shit goin on?Does Mexico need the help of the US?
Of course it does,every motherfucker needs help sometime,it aint never gonna get any better if Mexicans keep blaming other things for the state their in.The US genuinely wants to help stop fuckers from killing people like the migrants.Who in their mind wants this shit to continue?They are trying to help,they are sending money and training,but they still get ripped apart by Mexicans for some bullshit reasons?

Anonymous said...

"Let's see how blessed they are when a bullet from the guns they poured into mexico comes back to split that wig"
Dude,why don't you change the record its sticking.Talking complete booolshit again.
No wonder US citizens get pissed off,listening to clowns like you.Would you believe the US is actually trying to help?No you probably wouldn't.
Go back to hating hermano,,,,what you do best.

Anonymous said...

How are you too see any shootout hiding underneath your mama's blouse....

Anonymous said...

person up top got the idea,CDS is in with DEA or higher,CDS is connected to CDG since the split with the armed wing LosZetas...chapo never liked LosZetas,If only CDG never killed Concord3 and then the zetas would still be allied too CDG and all would be calm up in NE border.
CDS has always played in the background,making trouble,heating up other plazas. CDS is the trouble in Mexico,i promise you destroy CDS and other cartels will be alot easier too destroy.

Anonymous said...

uhh, @ October 1, 2012 5:17 AM How many cartel heavies DO YOU know that rock up to gun fights? They pay peons to do the shooting unless the marines turn up on their doorstep and they have no alternative but to shoot or surrender.

Baggy

Anonymous said...

9/30 1:45PM,
Yo dumbass, before you post ur bullshit you need to do some research and get your facts straight! The operation "Fast and Furious" was conducted by the ATF not the DEA genius!

Anonymous said...

Rumor has it that Senior Velazquez has allready hired a reputable attorney to file charges against both Z40 as we'll as the "Zetas" as a whole, for "Willful Destruction of Private Property" And for "Demolition" inside City Limits
with out a Permit!! So the riff between these two is definately on going.

Anonymous said...

Destroy the CDS and their huge territory will be up for grabs if anything destroy zetas they are the ones who made kidnapping extortion popular

Anonymous said...

Sit yo bitch ass down internet thug. The DEA can suck balls and die. Oh phony ass institution thinkin they hard takin plants of the street. and your retarded for supporting the DEA. Tell them to fight wars against real issues not no plant. Bet they wont fight againts the bankers and politician who commit treason on American soil every fuckin day

Anonymous said...

How dum are you haha the u.s put them in that mess by makin Calderon wage a war against the drug cartel. To make the mexican country weak so then the u.s can come in and "help" Mexico with its problem so then they can steal mexican oil. They will tell the mexicans that they are in debt to then, when the dam u.s is the one who started this whole mess by makin a harmless plant illigal. Enough said we all know the u.s started this. Corrupt Mexican officials or not the u.s cause that situation by creating this prohibition cause sum.greedy white businessmen could stay wealthy!! Fuck you!! With a baseball bat and die hoe

Anonymous said...

The u.s is helping by makin it a failed country. Yea they give the mexican gov. Sum money and training and at the same time givin guns to the other side. The u.s is doin to Mexico what it did to the middle east. All for oil and drugs that they know!! Shoulnt be criminalized but they keep it that way so the men at top can stay wealthy. In Mexico the bribes are more noticeable but in the u.s they are disguised so you dum "Americans" wont know the difrence. What gets a politician to move a fuckin finger here. Money!! Fuck money! They dint let tesla built his unlimited free energy tower for the same reason. They want to have us in control

Anonymous said...

I said a long time ago that these god damn idiots would destroy business and the way it can be done to benefit all. It is their greed and stupidity of killing civilians that have fucked it all up. Stupidest motherfuckers I know have guns and need them for a dick because theirs is not there. Idiots love to have their names in lights well you got it.

Anonymous said...

"Lack of supervision"you mean lack of money on that supervisor look a like gun runner."traying to help Mexico?to what to suicide themselfs.and usa its not only yours dmf

Anonymous said...

It is the U.S. fault Mexico is fighting a drug war. After all where are the drugs going? Where are the guns that the cartels have coming from? Instead of wasting all this money on the dea or atf to stop the drugs from coming in the U.S. we should spend that money on rehabilitation and drug prevention. We need to change strategies. Legalize marijuana, get tougher on gun control and putting the military on the border is a good start.

Anonymous said...

Gun control will not work. Mexico has extreme gun control for the average working citizen there hows that working out for you? When the cartels come to kidnap your families you have no way to stop them at least here you can blast their ass back. I used to be pro gun control till i took a look at your country and changed my mind.i know where i stay at least 3 criminals lost their lives trying to home invade and armed rob average citizens and got their ass shot and thats been just in a month. What would have happened to these citizens had not had a gun. Oh and one of the home invaders died jumping out a 2nd story window why? Cause he was getting his ass shot at by the homeowner his partner was already shot so no gun control serious background checks and fingerprints yes but NO gun control

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