Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Uniforms and Insignia of the Mexican Narco

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 |

Borderland Beat

The Mexican drugs cartels have always taken a brand style of promotional propaganda in their names and symbols to set them apart from other criminal organizations and to make their presence known in the plazas they control or dispute.

Most of the loyal readers of Borderland Beat who follow the drug cartel saga are familiar with the norm of the Mexican drug cartel evolution and the narco culture that permeates through the music, movies and novelas (soap operas) and have become the identity meant to symbolize power and fear in the battle for plaza ownership in Mexico.
 
For example, any top capo that is anybody will have his 45 pistol or AK-47 gold plated with his insignia on it.

This video represents some of that narco propaganda that identifies some of the most well-known drug cartels. The video is somewhat long but worth a view to get some sense of the uniforms and insignia of the Mexican narco culture.

Video Source: Red Notociero


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Anonymous said...

They forgot Malverde in the video, SACRILEGE!!! all this narco imagery is pretty funny and surreal, that love for gold, guns and brand names, but the malverde thing beats everything else, saint chayo is a pretty crazy thing too but just a mickey mouse version of malverde

Anonymous said...

It´s funny how the last corrido, the one from Los Zetas use a recording from radio transmissions done by Los Rojos from CDG.

Anonymous said...

Lol saint chayo..micky mouse edition of malverde.lmao

Tijuano said...

Great video, I hadn´t seen most of the images, and yes, Malverde is missing, along with many uniforms and insignias used by other cartels, the FEDA(Fuerzas Especiales De Arturo-Arturo´s Special Forces), FEM(Fuerzas Especiales del Muletas-Muletas Special Forces), The Arellano Felix(Altough I have only seen a modified AFI logo).

el Cuatro Veinte said...

I liked listening to these Corridos because the major radio stations in LA only play tunes from the Sinaloa cartel, interesting to hear what La Familia had to say.

Anonymous said...

All of em pertty badass except los pendojos.de CT.. What a bunch of clowns

Anonymous said...

Why do they always leave the best for last,jajaja

Anonymous said...

its not a .45 la preferida de los jefes son la .38 super Attn. P@RR@ND3Ro

Anonymous said...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSrOAfMylAs

publish this chivis if you dare.

Anonymous said...

FED(Fuerzas Especiales Damaso) is missing also.

Anonymous said...

Seems they mixed some things up. I saw some zeta's stuff in the Sinola part

Anonymous said...

jajajajaj en la parte del CDG pinches copiones del CDS ni le llegan a los talones las golfas a las chaputas!

Doz Fronteras!

Hahahaha the CDG part when they copy the corrido from the Chaputas!Golfas don't even compare to the Chaputas! lol

Two Borders!

Anonymous said...

Parrandero is a clown like they told him "no we don't like the .45 tell em we like the .38 super" ha ha wat a joke

Anonymous said...

May 8, 2013 at 1:24 AM
"publish this chivis if you dare"
Ye,ye,ye,,,more"eye opening opinions"not,,about the causes and all that(the US,s fault),we seen it all before,heard it all before.So what did you think of the video?No,the video above,no,i don't want to talk about,,,,not the US again?Can you talk about something else?

Anonymous said...

The sicario at the beginning of CDG is an old picture,it is supposed to be El Torro?Wonder what happened to him,he looks a bit like Gringo Mike?
Grillonautas always does good stuff,been goin a minute as well.

Anonymous said...

What for, they can't hit a barn broadside at 10 yards.

Anonymous said...

Las Golfas don't hire banda El Reculo from Snitchaloa for their parties, they hire Inculable from Zaputa, Texas.

Anonymous said...

Thats a old video from the zetas and at one time they were a friction. call rojos .cyclones. but they were zetas.

Anonymous said...

The Sinaloenses started all this thrend and narco culture everyone else copied them hater especially lthe michoacacas

Anonymous said...

hmmmm the knights templar , known originally for escorting christians from the coast of the holy land to jersualem. Were known for not taking money for their services and were the first to have a documented banking system.

The mexican equivalent CT, known for constantly asking for cobra de piso , killing , raping , drug trafficking, coercion by bribes, burning and looting businesses from lemon growers up to multinational corporations. I fail to see any link between the two , unless the CT think escorting drug convoys is equivalent to escorting pilgrims. Perhaps taking crystal meth , leads to this sort of delusional hypocracy.

Anonymous said...

Yeah he's a strait poser.. That little kid is headed the right way for smack bottom. Children who glorify criminals become somebodys wife in the clink. Se you soon pretty girl.
atte. Parrenderas boyfriend.

Anonymous said...

Parrandero just stop while ur ahead. Or better yet, why dont u post a video of el chapo pounding away on ur shitter. Great job guys, I found it hard to stop laughing at CT shit. Thay mixed up on couple things n also left out juarez and CAF stuff. The chayo as a saint was to much.. Puro c.d.g cavrones

Anonymous said...

I heard that two same beat different tone peace Loks

Anonymous said...

That is the worst music any human has ever came up with since the times of when dinosaurs roamed. No wonder Mexico is so fucked up! Between the sound of an accordion blasting away by a 4 foot tall fat guy that looks like a sex offender, and you guys wiping your ass and tossing the shit covered paper on the floor or in a trash can (if your lucky), your country hasn't a chance in hell. Go anywhere in the world, and only Mexico and a few places on the border, and everywhere else flushes the paper down with the rest of the crap, as it was designed to be! An the reason those few places on the border are listed, it's because the business owners grow tired of the restrooms being toxic dumps after a Mexican uses it and throws shit paper on the floor, like they are doing you a favor!

Anonymous said...

@12:29am Not really that funny cause Los Zetas was once simply another faction of CDG like the Metro's the Rojo's the Cyclones the Scorpions the Zetas etc....Just imagine if Los Zetas never broke off from CDG,aye?...jajajajajajajajajaja CDS and all the other Cartels would be extinct,CDG would reign supreme without a doubt,but NO, too much infighting and its still going on in CDG,such a well respected Cartel gone to waste...being run by knuckleheads.

Anonymous said...

IDIOT,ZETAS WERE CARTEL DEL GOLFO!!!!!!!!THAT SONG WAS MADE AROUND THAT TIME..PENDEJO,Y ARRIBA EL GOLFO!!

el tibuburon markes clave avestrus said...

El. Diske comandante r1 se parese al edward james holmos. I tiene la vos de chelelo. Sobres al raton le gusta el queso desde black tones coawilas. Vatos

Anonymous said...

The people that should be the happiest of México's cartels love affair with the AK-47, aka "Cuerno de Chivo" (goat horn), should be their Russian inventors. The Anatoly Kalishnikov 1947, name of the inventor and year of development, is the rifle of choice for criminal groups and guerrilla groups the world over. They tend to operate well in all kinds of weather, climates. Other nations have developed their own versions.

Anonymous said...

I was thinking of going down to mexico this halloween dressed in all black wearing ZETAZ uniforms. oh, and going to reynosa.

Anonymous said...

Puro pinche beto quintanilla!!!! Arriba los lobos de laredo low metros n los rojos! XXX CDG OVER N OUT

Anonymous said...

At the end all of them fuck the poor and the Mexican people in general,I say nuke Mexico and start all over again! Or sign a peace treaty no more aggression and work together don't be pendejos,
Caro quintero is more intelligent than this fools
read more about him!

Anonymous said...

Looks like CDG and CDS have all the Bling-bling!!! More weapons, armor and heavy artillery..everyone else can't keep up...The zetas back then were packing but not anymore.cool video.
Also Mr. Quintanilla was on the track for the zetas.

Anonymous said...

CT are not bad. Thay help the people out. Just like parrandero dosent nutt leach on cds in his parents basement. CT are some real nice folks. Thay help the comminity by rape extorion arson and murder. There some real good folk thay are. Pinche michicacas. Why do u guys always go overboard. Like the last name n virgen in the back window. N dress rediculiuse n public. Not all r like this but a big chuck r clowns

Anonymous said...

CDG was by far number one I member iny teens in reynosa hearing how big n powerfull thay were In the osiel days. N zetas were there to protect tamps. Thay wouldnt mess with cizilians. But thr lord saw fit for the big break up so parrandero could touch his lil peepee to the thought of chapo n mayo in his pink boots n fake plastic six shooter with cheerleader skirt. All while listening to Fake ass RM. Fierro pariente lmfao pero por tu culican

Anonymous said...

May 8, 2013 at 12:29 AM
It's funny how you're the wrong one, lol. That recording is from Nuevo Laredo. Those rojos are actually zetas.

Oh and the video of the truck with C.D.S.(black letters) on it and 4 white looing dudes is photoshopped. Those guys are American special forces. Lmao. snitchaloa could never get guys like this on their roster. Heck, they couldn't even match the zetas with their "pelones special forces". Look how they got slaughtered in 04-06 when they tried to take the Nuevo Laredo plaza from CDG/Zetas. lulz. Chapo is never gonna own Tamaulipas, he's way over his head.

Anonymous said...

May 8,2013 11:52 am Listen up you fuckin racist piece of shit prick your post about the toilet paper doesn't really have anything to do with the video or this site its just a racist rant. I dont even know why your comment was published itS full of dumb shit but its no surprise since it was posted by a dumb fuck. So next time put something related to the video and not about flushing toilet paper or throwing it in the trash thats just plain stupid and you talking about mexicans as a whole and not just narco traffickers is ignorant and makes you a worthless racist loser your pathetic you should be ashamed of yourself. I think that dirty toilet paper you first started talking about actually belongs stuffed in your mouth thats the best place for it for a shitty racist idiot like you.

Anonymous said...

To the idiot babbling about toilet paper, you need to travel more, your toilet experience is very limited

Anonymous said...

?The people that should be the happiest of México's cartels love affair with the AK-47, aka "Cuerno de Chivo" (goat horn), should be their Russian inventors. The Anatoly Kalishnikov 1947, name of the inventor and year of development, is the rifle of choice for criminal groups and guerrilla groups the world over. They tend to operate well in all kinds of weather, climates. Other nations have developed their own versions."

i'd bet they have chinese versions which are not of the quality of russian made models...still a better gun than the AR for taking abuse

Anonymous said...

Jaja good luck keep us posted

Anonymous said...

Thats cool everybody has they own style. Chido. Been to mex a few times by road and man the scariest shit is when u see encapuchados.. ( guys with ski mask) . And the army check points at night aint no fun neither.

Anonymous said...

all the cartels aint nothing but opresors of México and like allways followed by a bunch of cheerleaders acting like ignorant litle girls. malverde was not a narco he stole from the rich but a clown compared to robinhood thats real

Anonymous said...

Not 45's all top capos got a 1911 38 super..all decked out

Anonymous said...

malverde is trash...why do people pray or believe in stupid saints that are not even real or were.. there's only one god.. Mexicans act like they're the biggest catholics ever , yet they pray to all kinds of saints.. michoacanos pray to that murder chayo. sinaloas malverde.. nd others to la Santa muerte ... Mexico is becoming more evil than good... its like the devils playground

Anonymous said...

zetas and cds have the most bling.. I don't cheered for no cartel but if the zetas had smarter people as theyre leaders they would hang with cds.. those armor trucks they got are sick as fuck.. but they have dumb asses in charge.. sinaloa have smart people in they're leadership's.. just saying

Anonymous said...

Really wow I can't believe u just said that lol u must be a kid. Mijo know your history Nuevo Leon & Tamaulipas people started it long long time ago back when are grandparents where teens.

Anonymous said...

You know what's funnyd about El R1 known as kike now. Mr Mejia "R1" was a Zeta first when he was in Nuevo Laredo working for CDG then he started his Rojos CDG crew then now his CDS Rojos. But when he was a Zeta he drag one of Chapos men tie up his feet with a rope tight it up to a truck & he speeded all over NL dragging that body yelling fuck chapo & his people.

Anonymous said...

Parrandera where you at????You got quiet all of a sudden.Joto lambiscon.LMFAO from Las Vegas,NV

Anonymous said...

Some of the narco bling looks like they robbed a pimp in oakland ca lol.the weapons are scary as shit too bad half of them cant use them properly.they just all need to disappear and leave the mexican citizens alone

Anonymous said...

LOL Chapo's "father in law" was looking all fat and sloppy. And people are supposed to believe Chapo looks out for the poor. He didn't help his own family. He had his father in law looking like a fkn day laborer. Here's for chapo the billionaire with a heart of gold!

Anonymous said...

Ha ha ha! Good one! Agreed

Anonymous said...

Puro pinche nuevo laredo!!!! XXX CDG over n out!!!

Anonymous said...

michoacanos quit smoking so much ice ya think ya are king arthurs knights or wat lmao...

Anonymous said...

There is truth to that r1 story I heard something simialer yrs back. Yes I am from tamps. N was born and raised here. Did I see it no. but I hetd tjis physco would drag enemys around. He hide alit in camargo n miguel aleman. I have fam in both n word was he was a stone cold killing animal if u crossed him. He was said to be z40 body guard. Personal body guard. Sopesably hes my hight. Im only 5.6 but skinny. Have herd bout him in couple yrs though except what I read in forums. Also its said towns people would go to him in these small towns with problems as if.je was a.judge... Then he dicided if u git throwen in a barn and beat for three days or if u met ur maker. Fuk r1 u trader if I knew were he was id go to the cadillac or the chango loko n report it to ur friends here m reynosa u worm

Anonymous said...

No ur wrong ..that why the song says we r 20 groups. those groups all had a diffrent name yeah sure they were cdg..its just like the gangs here in the u.s like 18st but it has many clicks...thats how zetas were back in those days they were zetas but had diffrent groupes...just the rojos. cyclones .metros. scorpoines. Stay loyat to cdg.

Anonymous said...

My uncle was rojo1 he was a zeta .he even came out on gangland for a zetas docamentry...and after the split he stay with cdg..now hes dead..and cuase off hes mistakes a lot off my family in mexico got killed..but thats how i know there was a lot off diffrent groups of los zetas..he would tell my older brother storys about how it was living that life..went he would visit every two mouths..just saying i was younger at that time and it was exiting to here story he would talk about but now i think about it and i rather work a 8 daller job before even getting in to that bullshit.

Anonymous said...

For fuckin info I'm from chihuas n I knw for a fact bak then when the familia was together they wher the most organized cartel the ones that made the decapitasiones n beheadings famous pendejo so shut the fuk up if yu dnt knw shit

Anonymous said...

Hahaha right on, right on... good comment, glad to see somebody else thinks the same...

Anonymous said...

the narco culture that premeditates through the music, movies and novelas

How does a non animate object premeditate??
Permeate yes premeditate no,

Anonymous said...

In a country with no economy, this is bound to happen,young kids looking upto narco who flash money and gold.wat they dnt tell them is more than likely once u join ur gonna have to kill and evntually ur gonna get killed,either by ur own guys or by the enemy who decided to torture u first and then cut u limb from limb.mexico is lost to the point of no return

Anonymous said...

May 9, 2013 at 1:44 AM
"My uncle was rojo1 he was a zeta .he even came out on gangland for a zetas docamentry.."
How did he die bro,natural or shady?Did he live to see all the bullshit goin on with CDG?What was his job,sicario,protection,slanger,jst askin bro ,cause you know its interesting,why we here,anyway saludos bro

Anonymous said...

where in vegas fat boy, ill be there next see if u really tough and not only in da computer screen. me ves yvte meas del miedo hasta la cola entre las patas Attn. P@RR@ND3Ro

Anonymous said...

I told u to stay off the internet. Now ur gonna make me ground u. U better come up stairs mr. ur in trouble. Hurry so I can change ur paper u lil punk. Attn. P@RR@nPeros Daddy

Anonymous said...

I made the.comment.. To tell u thevtruth I thought his name was enriqe reyes. N I think hes still alive but jumoed boots to cds. Sorry to hear but ur uncle is not wanted here. Cdg is trying to unify and killing off all the supporters of cds. No I dont know this cuz somebone told me, but because its pertty obviouse. I think hes fuked cuz shits coming together cdg is getting back and thay dont want him and cds cant fully trust him cuz he belonged to cdg. I mean it dont take a rocket scientiest to figure it out. Nut as far as I know and what people say hes still alive. I trully belive his days r numbered here. Plus u wanna go up the ranks quick. If u knew where he was n u told a member of cdg it will give u alot of credibility n theres alot of young idiots here dieng for all that

Anonymous said...

There is truth to that r1 story I heard something simialer yrs back. Yes I am from tamps. N was born and raised here. Did I see it no. but I hetd tjis physco would drag enemys around. He hide alit in camargo n miguel aleman. I have fam in both n word was he was a stone cold killing animal if u crossed him. He was said to be z40 body guard. Personal body guard. Sopesably hes my hight. Im only 5.6 but skinny. Have herd bout him in couple yrs though except what I read in forums. Also its said towns people would go to him in these small towns with problems as if.je was a.judge... Then he dicided if u git throwen in a barn and beat for three days or if u met ur maker. Fuk r1 u trader if I knew were he was id go to the cadillac or the chango loko n report it to ur friends here m reynosa u worm
May 9, 2013 at 12:37 AM

"My uncle was rojo1 he was a zeta .he even came out on gangland for a zetas docamentry.."
May 9, 2013 at 1:44 AM

THE TRUTH IS YOUR LYING. STOP TALKING OUT YOUR ASSES. IF I HAD A DIME FOR EVERY TIME ONE OF YOU RETARDS POSTED SOMETHING ABOUT BEING RELATED TO A BIG TIME NARCO OR KNOWING PERSONALLY ABOUT HIM I'D BE A MILLIONAIRE. JESUS CHRIST YOU PEOPLE ARE WORST THEN 13 YEAR OLDS.

Anonymous said...

The zeta jewelry is not well made, the diamonds look like they were mounted by a hack.

Anonymous said...

Hahaha andele wuey ya lo reganaron

Anonymous said...

I never said I knew him, I said im from the area he had influence. Calm down tuff guy some of us actually do come from the same places. Or did u think tamaulipas has three people in it or something. Reynosa and matamoros are big cities. And not all of us listen to corridos and act like we know them personaly

Anonymous said...

made the.comment.. To tell u thevtruth I thought his name was enriqe reyes. N I think hes still alive but jumoed boots to cds. Sorry to hear but ur uncle is not wanted here. Cdg is trying to unify and killing off all the supporters of cds. No I dont know this cuz somebone told me, but because its pertty obviouse. I think hes fuked cuz shits coming together cdg is getting back and thay dont want him and cds cant fully trust him cuz he belonged to cdg. I mean it dont take a rocket scientiest to figure it out. Nut as far as I know and what people say hes still alive. I trully belive his days r numbered here. Plus u wanna go up the ranks quick. If u knew where he was n u told a member of cdg it will give u alot of credibility n theres alot of young idiots here dieng for all that
May 9, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Stop lying and learn how to write retard. How old are you, 12?

Anonymous said...

Q coloñia de nvo laredo...para mandarte 3 eztakas de los z y te chingen x hosicon.deseguro vives x los kilos pinche joto por k nomas se la pasan escondidos como ratas....salgan al topon si tanto quieren la plaza....y te voy a espera q me contestes aver si mucho huevos.....Nectar lima territorio z.....desde el oriente hasta el poniente......aki controla laletra y si dices q hecho mentiras pos digame onde mero sta localizado par dale la contraria pinche golfa de mierda .....PURO NVO LAREDO TAMPZZ ONDE ES HOBBY ANDAR MATANDANDO GOLFAS COMO TU JAJA AHI TE MIRO EN LA VICTORIa marikon

Anonymous said...

damn i leave for a day and i still got little boys wet dreaming of they're daddy P@RR@ND3Ro, looks like i made a big impact in all of my haters life jajaja pinches pajaros nalgones para eso me gustan nomas se les aruga los huevillos de gallina putos Attn. P@RR@ND3RO

Anonymous said...

Eyy wuey nobody is lying..i just telling a story about my family ..I was close to my grandpa and cuase off my uncle he got torture and killed they found him in matamorrals tmp..tide up with a bag over hes head..So dont judge keep ur commets up ur a""""?

Anonymous said...

This asshole.... Danm dufe some us say the truth. Not all of us r corridos worshipers u piece of shit.... Danm people like u ruin and run off peoplevwith real info. Even when el diablo was here writing real shit assholes like u ruined it... I talk bout tamps and reynosa cuz im from hete and lost cuzins and uncles and friends. Not cuz I day dream u prick. And if I wanna give info to this person thats between us I didnt make a forum bout it did I jack ass

Anonymous said...

@ 5/10/2013 2:25 AM, mejor mándame a 3 de tus hermanas acá para la Matamoros ojetón, pinche rascuache y ya salele a halconear ahí estás metido escondido abajo de la cama de tu mausser.

Anonymous said...

Ese P@RR@MIERD@

Anonymous said...

AK 47 was last produced back in 1971, the latest version is the AK 74

Anonymous said...

Well you don't expect a norteño musician to look like your lover, well known own child molester punk ass singer Michael Jackson,

Anonymous said...

What do u know pendejo..u must be from cdg golfo..and what u learn how to rite at 12 CUASE UR JUDGEINg me that i must be 12 is that went u learn ur abc.d..head?

Anonymous said...

May 10, 2013 at 11:31 AM..Eyy wuey nobody is lying
May 10, 2013 at 12:41 PM...."Danm people like u ruin and run off peoplevwith real info"
Dudes,fuck that clown.You right on,we want to hear from Mexicans who live in Reynosa,Tttttamaulipas etc,take no shit from fuckin dojas talkin foolish,how the fuck does he know where you from.You say you from Reynosa,thats it.Fuck him and the skateboard he rode in on,fuckin ramboner.
Keep posting your thoughts,fuck cranks like him.

Anonymous said...

May 10, 2013 at 2:25 AM
"PURO NVO LAREDO TAMPZZ"
Dude where the fuck you been?Tell us some shit man,whats going on for real?Are you boys having a hard time or everything still the same?All you see on here is Gulf are doin this doin that,is that bullshit or what?Just a little dude,if you in CV,whats the score there?Always hearin about Diablo and CV?C,mon man,dont bail on us,whats up?We want to hear from the real now and again.

Anonymous said...

Arriba tu Golfa madre.

Anonymous said...

Your uncle was Rojo del kilo.

Anonymous said...

The wont saying iam lying.break this code iz+.those were 40 # ..u tell me what u know pendejo.and my uncle wasnt r1 he was el rojo 1 el dos.reynosa p 1 .hes codes. $$????tell me fucken pocho.

Anonymous said...

Oh and another thing i dont feel bad for that carwasher..but cdg created there owen devil z40 got trian like nobody imagans he was somebody trying to make money to get out off that life he was a young good guy ...but cdg will turn u in to ..nooo!!!

Anonymous said...

Bro nvo laredo tampzz or should i say nectar lima is controlled by los zetas dont let thede golfa nutthugers foo u.here everything is on locked if golfas come out they come during the day picking up druggies but they nevet face off with zetaz and.real talk.....golfos are just winning.the propaganda war thats all they do bro,why u think its always golfas cheerleaders on blogs talking shit and funny is that most of them.are pochos.most frm mcallen and brownsville real talk.u know whn los zetas do operatives here in nectar.they always catch like 2 or 4 golfos and u know.wat those golfos have the marines,poliwachos,and some army troops on their speed dials on there blackberrys jaja and this is real talk no propaganda shit.here in laredo most golfos are x zetas from el taliban that's y they have presence in zacatecas ,san.luis,and nvo leon. Cuz el taliban basically gave.the.golfos those plazas n golfos didnt need.him no more.so.they handed taliban to the sedena after.they got.want.they wanted.....BUT TRUST ME GOLFOS AINT.SHIT.

Anonymous said...

Like I said hard ass im notvin the shit I just live here.. Wtf do u want me to saw. I never said I was in it. Or my uncle was anybidy simply said me n my fam r from here. if ubr cool good for u. Ill jeep reporting what ive herd or rumors if u wanna say something big shot go for it

Anonymous said...

Que pinche mexicles te estas picando a reyes mejía o que, pinche mejía traidor nunca valió verga, ahí se la pasa escondido.

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