Friday, July 19, 2013

Obama says Capture of Z-40 Shows Mexico is Serious About Drug Fight

Borderland Beat

Have we got enough on the capture of the Zeta capo Z-40, Miguel Angel Trevino? BB has been busy (Chivis) providing extensive information on all angles on Z40 and the heavy blow to the Zeta crminal organization as a whole. Here is more on the US take.

Source: Reuters
President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that Mexico's capture of the leader of a notorious drug cartel provided reassurance that President Enrique Pena Nieto's commitment to fighting drug trafficking was solid.

"What it shows is that the new administration of President Pena Nieto is serious about continuing the efforts to break up these transnational drug operations," Obama said in an interview with Univision's Los Angeles affiliate. "And there had been some question about that, I think early on during his campaign, and immediately after his election."

Pena Nieto caused some concern in the United States by dialing back the aggressive campaign against drug trafficking pursued by his predecessor, Felipe Calderon, in favor of a policy emphasizing reducing violence.

Under the new approach, Pena Nieto reined in the wide latitude Calderon gave the U.S. government in working with Mexican officials, replacing it with a single point of contact, Mexico's Ministry of Interior.

Obama endorsed the policy in May during a visit to Mexico, saying it was up to the Mexican people to determine their own security structures.

But he said on Tuesday that Monday's arrest of Miguel Angel Trevino, also called Z-40, the leader of the Zetas drug cartel, offered proof that Pena Nieto's approach could be effective.

"He indicated to me that he recognizes the need to deal with these transnational drug cartels in a serious way," Obama said. "And I think this is evidence of it."

Obama said that clamping down on the international drug trade in Mexico was in the U.S. interest, and that Washington supported Mexican efforts. The United States recognizes for its part that it has a role to play in curtailing the market for drugs at home and the flow of guns to Mexico.

"We want to make sure that they know that we're a partner," Obama said. "It also means though we have to continue doing our part here in the United States to reduce demand, and reduce the flow of guns and cash down south."






Analysis: Drug kingpin's capture spurs hope Mexico can subdue violent cartels

The dramatic capture of the boss of the Zetas drug cartel provides fresh evidence that Mexican authorities are starting to win their protracted fight against a gang that has done more than any other to stain the country's name with its brutality.

But even with Miguel Angel Trevino now in custody, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto still has the difficult task of taming other cartels even as he creates a new militarized police force to take over the fight waged for years by the military.

The Mexican government said late on Monday it had arrested Trevino - also known by the alias Z-40 - in a raid near his hometown of Nuevo Laredo on the U.S. border.

In the past 10 months, three of the Zetas four most-wanted leaders have been killed or captured by Mexico's armed forces, including the 40-year-old Trevino, whose younger brother Omar is now the only top-level member of the cartel still at large.

In the past three years, atrocities blamed on the Zetas have pushed Mexico's conflict with drug gangs to new depths of savagery, making them the prime target of Pena Nieto's efforts to restore order and end negative headlines about the drug war.

Even with a potentially crippling blow to a powerful cartel, Pena Nieto faces major challenges in his quest to pacify Mexico, where gang violence prompted some areas of the country to take the law into their own hands in the past year.

Sickening acts of violence like the beheading of 49 people near Monterrey last year and the mass slaughter of migrant workers in northeastern Mexico in 2011 and 2010 have earned the nation attention for all the wrong reasons, and contributed to the impression that authorities could not control the Zetas.

More than 70,000 Mexicans have been killed in drug-related violence since the start of 2007, when the government launched a military offensive to subdue cartels that make vast amounts of money funneling drugs including cocaine and marijuana into the lucrative U.S. market to the north.

'A MAJOR BLOW'
"This is a major blow," Alberto Islas, head of Mexico City-based consultancy firm Risk Evaluation, said of Trevino's capture. "But as the Zetas are split into regions, they can still continue to function."
The extent to which the Zetas can regroup will depend greatly on whether a new leader emerges from their ranks, with Omar Trevino a prime candidate, Islas said.

Trevino's arrest - taken alive carrying $2 million in cash - pointed to an improvement in intelligence-gathering by Mexican authorities since Pena Nieto took over last December from his predecessor Felipe Calderon, Islas said.

Pena Nieto vowed to improve the use of intelligence in the fight. Trevino was captured without a single shot fired after his pick-up truck was intercepted by a navy helicopter.

Conscious of the damage the Zetas were doing to Mexico's reputation, Calderon stepped up efforts to catch leaders of the gang, founded in the late 1990s by 14 former soldiers who were hired initially as enforcers for the then-powerful Gulf Cartel.

Over the years, the Zeta cartel became big enough to threaten the Sinaloa Cartel of Joaquin Guzman, aka "El Chapo," Mexico's most wanted man. By 2012, the Zetas and the Sinaloa cartel were considered the most powerful drug gangs in Mexico. Other smaller cartels maintained strongholds in certain areas.

Calderon's military-led offensive proved costly. Killings from turf wars between the gangs and their clashes with authorities escalated after he took office in December 2006, rising above 60,000 by the end of his six-year term.

After the Zetas went through a violent break-up with the Gulf Cartel - displacing it as the dominant gang in northeastern Mexico - they commanded more than 10,000 gunmen from Central America to the Rio Grande River marking the U.S.-Mexican border.

INTERNAL DISPUTE
Signs began to emerge last year that all was not well within the Zetas. Talk of an internal dispute surfaced, gathering pace with intelligence reports that some Zetas had massacred other members of the gang in the city of San Luis Potosi.

In the summer, banners accusing Trevino of being a "Judas" to then-Zetas leader Heriberto Lazcano began appearing in parts of Mexico. By early October, Lazcano was dead - shot by Mexican Marines - and Trevino's internal rival in the gang, Ivan Velazquez, alias "El Taliban," had been captured by the navy.

Since the start of this year, some towns ravaged by the Zetas have had increasing success in beating back the gang.

Improvement was noteworthy in places like the northern city of Torreon. Once cited as an example of Mexico's progress from a poor agrarian society to a rising industrial power, it suffered a 16-fold increase in homicides after the Zetas arrived in 2007, turning it into one of the most murderous cities in the world.

"Investment went down, bars and restaurants closed, and the night life came to an end," said Mayor Eduardo Olmos, a member of Pena Nieto's Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI.

Thanks to better investigative work and coordination, the Zetas are in retreat in Torreon, the mayor added. Olmos noted that murders in the city had fallen from around 115 in June 2012 to about 15 in June 2013.

Yet for all the optimism surrounding Trevino's capture, about a thousand murders linked to organized crime have been registered across Mexico every month since Pena Nieto took over.

That is a bit lower than during Calderon's presidency. But the run-up to local elections on July 7 was marred by the murders of several politicians, prompting one opposition lawmaker to call the campaign Mexico's most violent ever.

Pena Nieto has announced plans to shift the responsibility for battling the cartels away from the military and into a new, militarized police force - known as the national gendarmerie.

But there is also uncertainty about how Pena Nieto plans to realize his vision of making the gendarmerie the new spearhead.

Few details of the plan have been made public. All that is clear is that the force will initially number only 5,000, way below the figure of 40,000 Pena Nieto had proposed last year.

With the gendarmerie still in an "embryonic state," Guillermo Anaya, an opposition lawmaker who heads the committee for public security in the lower house of Congress, noted: "For now, the idea of taking the army and the navy back off the streets is unthinkable."

Mexico may have to contend with renewed violence on the Zetas turf as Trevino's lieutenants compete to succeed him after his capture in Nuevo Laredo.

On the sidelines, Mexico's most powerful capo, Joaquin Guzman, will be looking to profit, said George Grayson, a Mexico expert at the College of William & Mary in Virginia.

"'El Chapo' is greatly strengthened because he will now have access to the crown jewel of narco-trafficking, Nuevo Laredo," Grayson said.



60 comments:

  1. God bless the USA

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  2. México is not serious with the capture of Z40. He will be sentenced to 6yrs and be out in 2. Mexico is really weak and needs USA to catch these guys.

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    1. After that, we well be transferred to the united states where he is gonna serve 25 years for life

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    2. remember the sentence of Arellano Félix in San Diego? i guess not, money talks, no matter the country you live in

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    1. Sinaloa ijo de puta espero q te chinguen.

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  4. Hey Obama so when are you gonna arrest Eric Holder for selling cartels all the weapons?? Or does he get spared cause he's you're homie??

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  5. Heard there is an army of sicarios that are going to rescue him from jail. He needs to be extradited to U.S. if they want him to stay in jail.

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  6. I always felt that this war against the cartels was going to continue regardless what party won the presidency in the 2012 elections in MX. I think Mexico has reached the point of no return. There is no turning back. If Mexico is going to establish peace and stability, this war must continue. Ex-President Calderon deserves as much as the credit any successes EPN might obtain in the war. It is a war that needed to be fought irregardless of public sentiment.

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  7. Chapó will get taken out at his compound, or in his convey before Christmas... You heard it hear first.

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  8. Fuck that race baiter hussein obama

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  9. Obama the war monger and puppet of the Global Banking Illuminati.

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  10. If Obama the war monger can be awarded a Nobel prize for Peace then El Chapo & Z40 atleast deserve a medal for Peace.

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    1. I love how Obama is starting race riots all over the USA with his constant Treyvon Martin comments. He apparently doesnt recognize black on black crime. Biggest joke of a so called president this country has ever seen.

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    2. I totally agree Obama is the biggest racist of them all

      Vegas Guys

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    3. Unfortunately a black president now we focus on racism first pres to ever make a huge thing out of race oh wait cause he is black also,Obama worry about our country and the deficit not some race crime what you call it

      Vegas Guys

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    4. And o.j. is innocent. Don't forget that one.

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    5. @11:53 o.j. is innocent. Strange how breaking into walmart stealing t.v.s etc. in california ,makes up for the loss over 2k miles away Florida. Just another excuse to
      commit crime.

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    6. When a black is killed by a white it makes headlines and protests BUT when a white is killed by a black then it's passingly mentioned...Black people get over your slave mentality.

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  11. Just like those morons Colombians, The Mexican government will take all the credit for the capture, even though 99% of all the hard work and man power was done by the U.S we know it everyone knows it, Mexico,Columbia and other south American countries, don't even look for their cartels leaders, unless it was dumb-luck like Lazcano or they want to turn themselves in and we all know that's because they made a deal with the D.E.A first

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    1. you're right, that's because dea know where the 99.9 of the drugs' consumption is

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  12. Is z40 on meth?

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  13. Gendarmerie aka FEDC (Fuerza Especial Del Chapo)

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  14. 40 is a Big Rat for the DEA and mexican gvt.
    40 is a coward baby killer and rapist who murders innocents.
    These facts are known. Yet, junior zetas follow him. Idiots.
    I guess Taliban had had enough and spit in 40`s face.
    Golfos gonna wipe out the whole Trevino family, no matter how long it will take. Too much hatred of the Trevinos.

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    1. Agreed. Trevino family = crimanals. Lifetime crimanals . Trevinos made life by crime now time pay price.

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  15. if the us were serious about controlling the flow of cash and guns south, they would check ALL traffic going south. i cross a lot...never been stopped.

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  16. If the usa is using drones n other means of intel then y haven't we been able to capture the heads of other cartels like hecter beltrane leyva , el mayo , el chapo, or the heads of knights templar??? I kno if chapo is in guatemala then we prob don't have premission to fly there but when has that stopped the usa? We fly drones in pakistan and bomb terrorists so y not do the same?

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  17. PRI, US baby. They could not help Calderon. Not family member.

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  18. I'm glad they caught that bastard ..
    Fucking pussy with all his motions that his lawyers are bringing up..

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  19. obama is ignorant. catching capos does nothng. ask calderon he caught 2/3 or killed them.

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  20. I'm surprised Obama didn't say "If Z-40 was white, the outcome would have been different". Anything Obama says is shit. He went Full Retard yesterday with his speech, making excuses for black males. Either they are retarded and they can't function without everyones help, or they are as capable is everyone else. Black Americans are liberal dreams. They are dependent on the state, whatever you tell them they believe, and whomever you tell them to vote for %90 will do it. It's that %10 of blacks that go against the grain and think for themselves who should be helping the rest of them, not rich liberals who have kept them enslaved since the Democrats in the past voted for segregation.

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    1. Very True, Agree With Your Comments. Majority Of The Blacks Have A Ghetto Mindset.

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  21. One catch thats all this goverment has done .. I understand is the biggest one and im glad but Obama needs to put more pressure on this guys(El Pri) they were the ones responsible for the Zetas rise and destruction of mexico.. Calderon (El Pan) took out mostly all of them except for the sinaloas they need to keep it going or else the beltran leyva and the zetas will continue to work together in places like Nayarit (former vacation spot for chapo) were the zeta-beltran do what they wish and know one can say or do anything about it only the brave people from Tuxpan (my parents home town) stand up to this basterds everytime they trie to go in they get chased out last time they tried it they went 40 trucks deap and only 10 from the chapos chased them all around the city they said it was a pretty funny thing to see jajaja but then they got there pay back in the ambush in Ruiz

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  22. I kinda knew he would fall. First Taliban, then Ardilla, then Lazca, then Trevinos brother and his nephew, now him. Next is Omar; it is like a chain, they are snitching each other and falling in a row.

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    1. Don't forget comandante Rafael Ramírez Tamez aka Comandante Globo or Comandante Rafita, he is Talibán's brother in law, captured by the Mexican Military near Matamoros, Tamaulipas, when asked by the soldiers about his mission in that city he said that his brother in law el Talibán sent him to talk to the commander of the Gulf Cartel about buying the Matamoros plaza, but he only had about 21 dollars and 7 mexican pesos in his pocket, so the soldiers sent him to a México maximum security penitentiary via same day delivery and charged with drug trafficking and aggravated stupidity, for the last charge a three year sentence was stacked on top of an aggravated 15 year sentence.

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  23. "if the us were serious about controlling the flow of cash and guns south, they would check ALL traffic going south. i cross a lot...never been stopped."

    Have you ever been stopped going south by the aduana in Mexico? If Mexico is not serious, should the US be more serious than them? Wasted effort. I've never been checked for drugs in Mexico going north at the border. Why is that?

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    1. Your a fucking idiot they have so many checkpoints going North in mexico. your talking out your ass

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  24. The Gulf Cartel should hunt down Trevino's lawyer and make him talk, then suffer AND anyone else who supports this DEMONIC PUSSY...

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    1. Gulf Cartel & Zetas should be hunted down and killed like cockroaches.

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  25. I wonder how many cartels are planning his escape...

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  26. This must be a comedy piece...lol

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  27. hahahaha @ 11:06 LMFAO

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  28. snitchaloa el chapo works for DEA. confirmed. or else hed be captured.

    discuss.

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    1. Simon and he's a freemason and iluminati too

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  29. I love how the Americans think they make the world go round, and no one else in this whole planet has its capability. Thats why when China or Russia or any joint country wipes it out and makes their huge fucking ego drop to the floor, every single soul in this planet will cheer. Pre potential will be your downfall! I mean what does it matter that you have the best military in tje world when China is so close to owning and running your country. Just check how much that country has ownership or investment in all your major corporations.

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  30. So we're winning the war on drugs now? Call me skeptical.

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  31. illegal war on drugs

    who is the victim when you smoke pot, crack, heroin, bath salts? its a medical issue not a criminal issue.

    forget the status quo , elect a liberty minded person for US president last time i checked ron paul came pretty close

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  32. FUCK OBAMA!!!!!!!!!! THE U.S.A. SHOULD STAY OUTTA MEXICO PROBLEMS. !!!!!!!!

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  33. I heard he's gonna try to bust out like Mamito tried to bust Osciel out but instead of incursioning with only 60 and 3 choppers its gonna be around 400 hundred sicarios and 10 helicopters he's getting help from the Guatemalans too, there's a lot of little dumb asses that are willing to die for their boss and they won't get another chance if he gets sent to USA...

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  34. Really?Obama doesn't even have a clue how to run the U.S.A.,he is clueless about whats really happening in Mexico,he has no idea how corrupt the country is....

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  35. Los tejanos son jotos

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  36. Obama: stop gun trafficking, get them in jail, stop fucking up Mexico, now you guys want PEMEX, you guys want more hunger in Mexico and more people like this rat z41, that is gonna get out just like chapo guzan did. enrique Peña Nieto is a dumbass. Help Noroña or AMLO to get in the chair.

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  37. Conan Obrien disses the Zetas...lol...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOi6EuebL3M

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  38. Like how a CDG member said in an interview "Tamaulipas will belong to Chapo soon"

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  39. As an American, I am embarrassed by Obama and his constant need to link successes in other countries with his administration.

    50000+ Mexicans have been killed in the drug war, but Obama seems to think Trayvon Martin matters more...sorry, if you want to take credit for the capture, take responsibility for the blame too and the good people of Mexico who have died.

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  40. I am so tired of Mexicans and others talking crap. You feed your families because of us. Not all but look at Mexico's income your third biggest source of income is money made in U.S. and sent back, you have free trade with us, protection from all other countries (because of proximity), good chunk is from our drug use. Thank us you fools, biting the hand that feeds you. If you guys have such "national pride" why don't you improve your country to a level where 50%+ of your population would give up what little they, risk their life just to work a menial job here. I think that means you suck nobody wants you stay in your own country and stop feeding off us like a bum.

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  41. I personally have stopped more drugs coming across this border and off the streets than 99% of law enforcement. Just by ripping off cartels, you dare bring drugs in my country and ask American kids to transport it, just take it Americans drive off with your trunk load, keep it and tell them f you. They won't do anything, except stop moving it through your town after losing 15-20 loads. They will get the point, if its brought here it will confiscated. $100,000+ free free free. USA USA USA

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