Wednesday, August 7, 2013

On The Hunt for Z40: "He Slept in his Car"

BorderlandBeat.Com
For journalist Alfredo Corchado, the scoop of a lifetime came at lunch. He revisits his revelation about the arrest of one of the most murderous and brutal Mexican gang leaders, Treviño Morales.
This time I didn’t answer the phone. I should have. On the line was a U.S. investigator with some of the most intimate information about Mexico’s criminal organizations, particularly the paramilitary group known as the Zetas, the most vicious, bloodthirsty criminal organization in Mexico. The investigator had news—the news—we have been waiting for nearly a decade.
I continued my lunch, picking over grilled octopus, ignoring the phone. But after the fifth consecutive call—the vibration interrupting my conversation with perplexed hosts—I politely stepped away. I stared incredulously at a text message. My eyes widened. My jaw dropped. I stood frozen. It simply read: “Carnal, Z-40 captured. Confirmed. Call asap.”
Miguel Angel Treviño Morales, alias Z-40, the feared leader of the Zetas, the man who had put a hit on the very same U.S. investigator and later threatened the messenger—me—was in custody. Or was he? And if so, for how long would he be detained before buying his way out, as he had done before?
I understood the message clearly. I understood the urgency. But I needed proof. I dialed him as I rushed to the streets of the rich neighborhood of Polanco and hailed a cab and headed home to La Condesa. As always, our conversations were brief and coded in messages, especially when he knew I was in Mexico. But he could barely contain his glee.
“Carnal, the nightmare is over,” he said. I wasn’t convinced. I insisted on proof.
“How can you prove it?” I asked in English, as I gave the taxi driver instructions in Spanish.
Show me, I insisted.
“I just did,” he answered.
The Zetas emerged in in the late 1990s, as a private army of the gulf cartel made up of elite members of the Mexican military, some of them trained by U.S. special forces. They changed the dynamics of organized crime in Mexico.
They essentially formed Mexico’s first narco-army. Many of the soldiers came from
impoverished backgrounds. The army had offered jobs; the cartel offered money and power. The three most trusted men within the Zetas were Guzmán Decena (Z-1), Rogelio González Pizaña (Z-2), and Heriberto Lazcano (Z-3); the Zs were code names denoting their ranking and seniority in the organization.

These three men, along with new recruit Treviño Morales (Z-40), embarked on secret missions into cities and towns across Tamaulipas, including Nuevo Laredo. This was Treviño Morales’s hometown, and he knew the targets intimately. He gained the reputation of a traitor. They were there to execute Cárdenas Guillén’s rivals and ensure that the gulf cartel remained the most powerful drug-trafficking organization in Tamaulipas and along Mexico’s gulf coast.
On a hot August morning in 2004, the gunmen rolled into Nuevo Laredo sporting powerful
military-style weapons, some smuggled by veterans of the Gulf War, like AR-15s and .50-caliber machine guns. People were paralyzed. From that moment, the Zetas controlled Los Dos Laredos.
By 2007, the Zetas were showing signs of increased independence from the gulf cartel. They expanded their operation, leaning on Texas gangs that served as paid mercenaries and operated out of San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas, key trans-shipment points for all kinds of goods, legal and otherwise. Their victims were even appearing on the U. S. side of the border. The Zetas were also now controlling human-smuggling routes, piracy, prostitution, kidnappings, and extortions and sucking Pemex wells dry, with the help of corrupt authorities. 
The investigator had been following drug traffickers throughout Mexico for years, and he had studied the fraternal Sicilian model of organization that the cartels modeled themselves after. 
The Sinaloans could be monsters, but they were more pragmatic. The Zetas stood out for
his savagery, the U.S. investigator had said, particularly Treviño Morales. He had risen through the ranks of the Zetas quickly on a pile of bodies. Unlike the founders of Los Zetas, Treviño Morales had no military experience.

He had never been a soldier, or a member of some elite army unit. He was a thug. We had some similarities. He was one of nine children, raised by a single mother who crisscrossed between Texas and Mexico after their father abandoned them.
He was deeply loyal to his family, particularly his mother, who singlehandedly raised him and his siblings after their father abandoned them. He was so incensed over his mother being harassed by U.S. customs in Laredo that in October 2010 he ordered grenades tossed near the U.S. Consulate in Monterrey, the investigator said.
On a hot August morning in 2004, the gunmen rolled into Nuevo Laredo sporting powerful military-style weapons, some smuggled by veterans of the Gulf War, like AR-15s and .50-caliber machine guns. People were paralyzed. From that moment, the Zetas controlled Los Dos Laredos.
By 2007, the Zetas were showing signs of increased independence from the gulf cartel. They expanded their operation, leaning on Texas gangs that served as paid mercenaries and operated out of San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas, key trans-shipment points for all kinds of goods, legal and otherwise.

Their victims were even appearing on the U. S. side of the border. The Zetas were also now controlling human-smuggling routes, piracy, prostitution, kidnappings, and extortions and sucking Pemex wells dry, with the help of corrupt authorities. 
The investigator had been following drug traffickers throughout Mexico for years, and he had studied the fraternal Sicilian model of organization that the cartels modeled themselves after. 
The Sinaloans could be monsters, but they were more pragmatic. The Zetas stood out for his savagery, the U.S. investigator had said, particularly Treviño Morales. He had risen through the ranks of the Zetas quickly on a pile of bodies. Unlike the founders of Los Zetas, Treviño Morales had no military experience. He had never been a soldier, or a member of some elite army unit. He was a thug. We had some similarities. He was one of nine children, raised by a single mother who crisscrossed between Texas and Mexico after their father abandoned them.

He was deeply loyal to his family, particularly his mother, who singlehandedly raised him and his siblings after their father abandoned them. He was so incensed over his mother being harassed by U.S. customs in Laredo that in October 2010 he ordered grenades tossed near the U.S. Consulate in Monterrey, the investigator said.

“I found out later, Z-40 had a weak point: his baby born in some hospital in the United States, likely in Laredo. Treviño Morales couldn’t get enough of his newborn.”
He’d held a number of odd jobs as a young man, including cleaning chimneys in Piedras Negras and driving his older brother’s trucks stuffed with pot between Dallas and Laredo. That brother, Francisco, had served as his surrogate father, and was now in jail in Big Spring, Texas.

Treviño Morales had washed the cars of a drug capo known as El Caris. He’d eventually won his trust and replaced him. He looked for recruits who mirrored him: uneducated, street-savvy young men and women who believed Mexico rewarded only the powerful.
He was angry. He looked for that in recruits as well. He wanted recruits who lacked opportunity, people who believed they had been screwed by society. He’d put a loaded gun into the hand of a recruit and then order the recruit to point at some random person in front of them. Treviño Morales would put his hand over the recruit’s heart to measure how fast it beat as he yelled, “¡Chíngatelo!”—Fuck him over! If the recruit hesitated, he’d take his gun and either put a bullet to his head or offer him a job as a lookout. It all depended on his mood that day.

“You have to remember that the people the cartels are recruiting are those who are most pissed off at everyone. The people without a job, without an education, without a future,” the U.S. investigator had told me. “Haven’t you seen the messages in banners they put up? They can’t even spell.”
The road to La Condesa seemed to take forever. I suddenly despised Carlos Slim, the telephone magnate and now second-richest man in the world, since the new government took on the powerful monopolies. His service was particularly slow on this day as I tried to download the attachment sent minutes ago by the U.S. investigator. Like the cab drive, it was painfully slow.
Finally, on my cellphone was the image of the man who seemed angry, fuming; his cheeks looked bruised, swollen; his face fuller, a bit overweight. Perhaps the chips and other junk food that had become his daily diet had taken on the effects, I thought, just like it had on most Mexicans, recently declared the most obese people on the planet.
The steely eyes of Z-40 said it all: This was the face of a man who had defined Mexico’s decade of violence—the images forever embedded in our minds: bodies hanging from bridges like piñatas, heads rolling next to mutilated arms, legs—bodies parts strewn on highways, discarded like trash, some etched with the letter Z; videotape tortured sessions—one went on for nearly an hour and showed a man pleading for his life as a knife cuts his head open—uploaded to YouTube. Others were thrown into barrels of acid and dissolved into stew, menudo as some called it. And then there are the mass graves containing he remains of migrants who died with dreams of finding a better life north of the border.
He was a madman. His other nickname, Muerte—Death—said it all. It earned him the much-denied respect. His pep talk consisted of one line: If you don’t kill someone every day, you’re not doing your job. He’d rather be feared than respected.
Treviño Morales in custody? Impossible, I thought.
“You have to break the story,” the U.S. investigator implored. “Otherwise he will get away. He’s been in custody for hours, and there’s no public confirmation.”
“You afraid he’ll get away,” I asked.
“I don’t know. I don’t think so, but I won’t take any chances.”
Let me make a couple of calls, I said. I’ll get back to you. I dialed two other authorities, trusted sources in both Mexico and the United States, trying to find corroboration. It came quicker than I had anticipated. Yes, yes, both said. Captured in the wee hours of the morning somewhere between his hometown of Nuevo Laredo and the bordering northern state of Coahuila. Both kept refreshing the pages of Mexico’s leading newspaper, trying to figure out why the news hadn’t broken yet. Would I? Hope so, I said.
I called the Mexican government. No answer. No comment. Nothing. Damn.
I called the U.S. investigator again. We went through the facts, what he knew. Treviño Morales had been caught with two other associates, a bodyguard and his treasurer, plus piles of cash, ammo, and high-powered weapons, the investigator said. Implausible I said. Treviño Morales was distrustful of everyone—except his brother Omar, Z-42—and slept inside his car.

He was addicted to marijuana, was antisocial, and liked living in the wilderness—some called him El Chacal, the Jackal—because he was a night owl and difficult to find in the woods.
I thought the man with a $5 million reward on his head placed by the U.S. government, a $2 million one by the Mexican government, had more protection? Wasn’t he protected by some 200 hit men, plus corrupt cops and officials? What happened, I pressed the investigator.
Turned out, I found out later, Z-40 had a weak point: his baby born in some hospital in the United States, likely in Laredo. Treviño Morales couldn’t get enough of his newborn, and he liked visiting, cuddling. Plus, he felt comfortable in his hometown and the dirt roads that led to some of his hiding places.
On that night of July 15, the Mexican marines, who had been trailing him for months, with the help of U.S. intelligence that included news about his newborn and favorite hiding places, were waiting for him. Z-40 was riding in his 2013 silver-colored Ford truck with two companions as a Black Hawk helicopter approached.
The driver apologized for the terrible traffic. I shrugged my shoulders, as I began typing into my BlackBerry. I called my editors at The Dallas Morning News. After an initial hesitation—which happens anytime you’re dealing with anonymous sources—they were eager for what I had and names of sources I talked to. I complied.
More than 25 years of a career flashed through my mind. What if I’m wrong? I thought. My credibility would be crushed. My gut, however, told me otherwise. I called the U.S. investigator one more time.
We’re going with this, I said, which was really more of a question. Any doubt?
Está cabrón,” he said. “But we need a tequila, brother. This is no time to drink alone.”
The memories rushed through my mind, as did the smell of tequila. One of the last times I saw the U.S. investigator had been somewhere in Mexico, where we had drank an entire bottle of the agave liquid.
He told me then what I had always suspected, but never confirmed. Treviño Morales had put a price on his head. He said he slept with a loaded shotgun at his bedside on the U.S. side of the border. On the Mexican side? Well, he wouldn’t say, since Mexican law prohibited U.S. agents from being armed.

He suspected Forty would send hit men to his house and take him out. He wanted to believe that no cartel would risk the wrath of the U.S. government, but he also knew some of these guys could get so high on drugs and power that they’d forget which side of the border they were on and make a stupid move. And he’d be dead.
Then he confirmed what I’d been searching for so long: that Forty had also been behind the death threat against me. If Forty couldn’t get the investigator, he’d get me to send him a message.
“Puta madre,” I said.
Cuarenta had friends and family in Dallas, and some had read stories that colleagues and I had written about the Zetas. The U.S. investigator said Forty loved Dallas, its flashy life. As late as 2005, Forty would cross the Rio Grande illegally near an inland port known as San Ignacio, just south of Nuevo Laredo, and head to Dallas to see friends and family who were now laundering millions of Forty’s illicit dollars through horse racing.

He had even been spotted at a strip bar. The U.S. investigator said my stories had something to do with Forty’s decision to stop going to Dallas.
“So this whole time—all the tips you gave me, all the stories—I was really your mouthpiece? Your way of communicating with Forty?” I had asked him then. “Just like the cartels that use Mexican reporters to get their message out? What the fuck?”
He looked into his glass of tequila, then raised his gaze to meet my angry eyes.
“Yeah,” he said. “I used you, just like you used me. I called you with tips, but I did it ’cause I knew you gave a shit. It was more than just a story for you.”
I looked at the words I had just typed, paused and pressed send. I paid the taxi driver, who seemed as exhausted as me. I walked into the building, and I took the elevator to my apartment and waited for response from my editors, Lowery Metts and George Rodrigue. Within minutes the piece was on the wires. Over the following hours, the government finally confirmed the news, which was now more than 16 hours old. Social media exploded.
One came in at 11:33 p.m. and particularly shook me: “You have moved Mexico,” the tweet read.  
Outside the rains fell, as did tears.....Source:  Daily Beast
Note from Chivis:  I was given a tip that there was a story breaking in the Dallas News that 40 was captured.  I found it hard to believe because it was Dallas, not Proceso or Reforma  two Mexican news organizations that have the very best sources.  I also kept checking Mex sources until I spotted Proceso, I then knew it was credible. 
It was a week or so before the capture that a source of mine said 40 was living  In Sabinas, I only told the Admin of forum who has love ones living in Sabinas.  DD the forum admin asked if he could post the info, I said absolutely not, as I was told only because I work in Sabinas, it was not to be made public.  Days later the source confirmed 40 moved to Sabinas because his infant son lived near Nuevo Laredo, and that he visited him often, so I know the part of this post that eludes to the baby is absolutely true.  He was  captured on a dirt road half way from Sabinas to Nuevo Laredo, perhaps coming from or travelling to visit his baby. 
Though I trust this story, some elements are speculation, none so glaring as the contention of 40 hiding in the woods.  Where 40 was captured is open desert land with scrub and tumbleweeds.  But it is a great story of how the story broke.  The assertion of 40 living in his car I also question.  He was seen often at certain cafes in towns like Nava openly seemingly without too much fear, obviously among people he trusts.  .....Paz, Chivis

Note:  The first foto of Z1 is one generally seen.  A reader told me about another in an old video he sent me a screen shot.  (thank you!) It is on screen for just a blink in time.  The video is 5 years old.  I decided to post both.
A Big Thank You to BB reader Feynman for giving me the heads up on the article....!
The Dallas home known to be a family home at some point is depicted below.   

 

136 comments:

  1. @Chivis: Excellent article. Thank you for posting. Senor Corchado's piece on Z40 was very informative. In particular, I love the quid pro quo ending--he was angry with his U.S. contact for having used him as a "mouthpiece," however, the U.S. contact was spot on in his response: "'cause I knew you gave a shit." That's the key. If these narcos are going to be stopped, it's going to be due to people who actually care. The silver lining is that Senor Corchado gets the scoops and documents the facts accurately.

    By the way: nice job on the background information on Decena and especially Pizana--I didn't even know Z2's name until I read this article.

    MF

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  2. El chapo guzman vale pa pura verga es un rata y traidor el hijo de su puta madre

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  3. Los zetas se comian las nalgas y vergas de sus enemigos

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  4. Mexican Officials were on the verge of letting this scumbag buy his way out scott free. Guaranteed he was within minutes to hours of being just another capture rumor. This declaration has come from people in the know within Laredo Ice / immigration offices. There was a massive behind the scenes power play going on between U.S and Mexican officials with them ( mexico ) not sure on how to proceed once massive rumors started to flow on the U.S media circuit.

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  5. Los zetas comian tamales y pozole de vergas

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  6. I would have missed this had it not been posted here. Amazing read. Sounds like another book however for Corchado, and when will we see yours?

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  7. Looking for the next good note: thank you

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  8. A couple comments:
    1. The individual that stated that the press coverage was instrumental in ensuring that Trevino was not able to buy his way out is spot on. I know of numerous cases in which kidnappers or traffickers were apprehended, only to be let go by offering to leave without the piles of cash in the room. In this case, as a "big fish", I would imagine the negotiations were more protracted and probably in the $20-40 million US range.
    2. Someone mentioned bail a while back. Under the Mexican Penal Code, bail is calculated in the following manner. The minimum and maximum sentences for any given offense are added to together (e.g. 1 to 11 years 1+11 = 12), then divided by two. If the resulting total is over five years, no bail (fianza) is permitted.

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  9. Na Miguel Angel Treviño a mi que ya no estaba bien del cerebro.De tanto desmadre que hizo se quedo medio loco toda la gente que mato toda la gente que se trago a mi que se enfermo de una enfermedad mental relacionado con el antisocialismo.Como agrofobia o ataques de panico miren sus fotos de su detencion miren su rostro no se miraba saludable que por eso se mantenia drogado o borracho todo el tiempo.

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  10. That is not a picture of Arturo Guzman Decena it is of Raúl Hernandez Barrón (El Flander)

    http://www.esmas.com/noticierostelevisa/mexico/716918.html

    I think El Universal ran an article with this picture and said it was Decena and now everyone who doesn't know better thinks its Decena.

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  11. most of this stuff is in that book"Midnight in Mexico"

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    1. Dude, that book is faction. Just another made up pile of s***. Just to make money and make Z 40 look like Hitler. Even tho Z 40 is shit himself.

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    2. I don't think Butler killed anybody in person, ever,not even touch his victims,much less eat them or their Popo,and the money involved was a whole lotta real money,and he was a true leader of millions of uniformed SOLDIERS,not some assassin cockroaches that hideaway all day,still he was a loser,I did expect no less from la tetanic,lose like a little cockroach

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    3. Who's Butler idiot?

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    4. Butler bro from the new movie THE BUTLER with oprah.. haha

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    5. Hitler,spell check running crazy,sorry mami!

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  12. Great story but he started washing the cars of the Tejas. By that time he still didn't know karis or CDG like you mention
    Atte:LRD

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  13. Admin i am drinking a taquila thanks again for the people "who give a shit". Soludos

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  14. @LRD

    I agree with you. He was a go-fer for the Tejas doing all needed menial jobs. He was quick to rise and was noticed by Osiel.

    As I said some of the info is speculative, and I do not agree with. And from his book which I have said I was a bit disappointed with for these reasons. That said, the part about the news "get" on the Z40 capture is amazing and I think would have been better to allow that to stand on its own. IMO...

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    1. Chivis z40 got notice from Karis cause when karis was sorounded in Nuevo laredo by Eloy Trevino and Sinaloa people Z40 got karis out of danger. He picked karis up in a bullet proof car.
      Atte:LRD

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    2. Brownypointers rise quickly and get promoted on that basis,then they want everything their bosses have, and get it and lose it all quicker than quick,losing the zetas in 6 months is a sign of a real pendejo

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    3. Es si lo teniamos rodiado la gente de barbie siempre fue nomas para pleito contra los putoz zetonez mata inocentes barbie trato de ensenarles respeto y honor y nomas graficar drogas sin matar a gente inocente pero lastima q los zetas eran muchos y crecieron como una plaga el j.j balderas cachetio a trevino en el eclipse trevino tenia como cinco chavalios el jj anadaba con 20 senores siempre fue un cobarde trevino barbie siempre dijo en el one on one me pela la verga pero cuando corumpio al gobierno mx ya no pudimos ni con todo el dinero el puto estsba bien conectado pero cuando mato a moreira ayi se le acabo su pedo

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    4. 11:17 se nota que si conosias al Barbie. Antes en Nuevo laredo si no andavas en el negosio no te molestavan. Pero fijate pensandolo bien si andavas en el negosio tampoco te molestavan.
      Atte:LRD

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    5. Si lo conoci muy bien cuando el chapo le prometio el millon para wue fuera a tronar a el cheko ortiz y fallaron ay empeso el pleito con el chapo el beltran siempre se metia por la barbie eran como hermanos el beltran lo apreciaba mucho por que la barbie le dio contactos a beltran para vender la droga en usa y asi se comenzo abrir bodegas en laredo para lavar el dinero los zetad se dieron cuenta y miravan que el karnal de la barbie iba mucha a nuevo laredo y tenia un cazon y carros lujosos y ayi se dieron cuenta kien era la barbie depues de interrogar y luego matar a su hermano la barbie mando traer maras como 50 de los mas lokos vale vergas les dio 5000 a cada uno y un kilo de coka y los puso en una casa de seguridad en n.laredo y los mando tras trevino regresaron 15 que los tubo que matar por que barbie supo que trevino los dejo ir para localizar ala barbie la barbie era bien buena onda un minuto y asesino de sangre fria al instante me acuerdo la cara de loko que ponia cuando pescaba a contras yo fui sicario de el cuando enpeso la primera guerra en n.laredo lucio el sol no dijo ue no ibamos a poder con los zetas por aue eran millitares tenia razon pero la barbie nunca tubo miedo y les llebo la guerra en su bastion tronando puros policias levantando gente los zetas ni sabian quien les pegaba asta que pescaron ala pareja que enteraron en la casa de cheko ortiz y les sacaron la sopa y la pareja fue encontrada ejecutada enterada y la chika violada y sodimada no digo los nombres de la pareja pero los ue saben saben att"larete

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    6. Ni con la Eme ni Maras pudieron pinche pochito de mierda con La Letra.Ese puto del Sol y al Chacho los mataron peor que puercos.La Barbie es un panochon de Laredo Tx con puros chicanos de mierda en Nuevo Laredo era pura gente de Nuevo Laredo y Monterrey peliando plaza para los Z.Y ya ven quien se quedo con la plaza al ultimo La Barbie,El Borrado,El Texas,El JJ,El Sol son puro wisos que le temian a Los Z y luego todos los rituales satanicos que les hacian muhahaha Los Z eran su peor pesadilla!

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    7. 10:25 jaja estavas correcto pero lo de el pareja no es cierte Por que el enterado era contra de la Barbie y apenas andava comensando la guerra. Y era el tornillo villagomez el enterado. La guerra fue Por culpa de cheko Por que el chacho mando matar a Jorge su hermano. El fue el que metio a Los zetas al final fueron Los que lo mataron. Su primer pistolero que contrato y fue el tubis y yo se kien yevo a tubis ala carcel ablar con cheko
      Atte:LRD

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    8. poor zetas only started messing with the people because their bosses were not paying them,not even maruchan,they messed with the people long enoughto make them sick and get it on,and it worked,now la tetanic is in the joint,a lot of the money,horse and ranches are gone.great big boss?ha! ha! and more ha!

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    9. para que le pegaban cachetadas guajoloteras,malditos,a una pobre gallina,nomas lo hubieran hecho guiso

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  15. Zapatozzz donde estan pinches esquineros drogadictos sin futuro que no terminaron ni la primaria y por huevones andan disque de Zetas me dan lastima se creen mucho en trokas robadas que ustedes no pueden comprar ni trabajando en la esquina toda su vida

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  16. @2:17

    I think you cleared up a question I ad. I have two fotos one is this one which most people use, the other is with a baseball cap-and they don't look alike. You know which I am talking about? I am assuming that is the correct one?

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    1. Chivis, there is a pic of Z1 in YouTube but it's hard to find and only appears on screen for a few seconds.

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  17. Thanks Chivis. That is the correct photo of Decena.

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  18. Another interesting tidbit of information gathered from somone in the know was that the reason there were no shots fired because of the understanding that trevino had that he was able to purchase his way out of captivity. There are said to be two instances where 1) his convoy was stopped around late 2010 or early 2011 and a pile of cash was distributed to ensure his safety. 2) around late 2011 - early 2012 United States officials gathered info letting them know exactly where trevino was going to be on a certain date. They forwarded that info to mexican officials and once again a deal was brokered where he paid for his freedom and went along with his business of the day as if he were the king of the world.

    He was said to always travel with massive amounts of cash for instances just like this. It makes complete sense as to why there was very mimimal Resistance from him and his two accomplices.

    Had dallas news not started running with the official captured confirmation story ( given to them from U.S officals ) this WOULD have been just a forgotten rumor that would have evaporated into thin air.

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    1. No your an idiot they went with a plan to capture and not let go. if they wanted bribed rumora wouldnt have staryed cuz they would have kept their mouth shut. the Fuck does the u.s have to do with it

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  19. US military does not use AR-15's. Those are the civilian semi auto version of the full auto M-16 that they have used since Vietnam. The AR-15 isn't even legal to use for hunting in most states unless it is small game like coyote or prairie dog. The .223/5.56 NATO round is literally half the size of what the AK uses. The thinking is that you can carry more of it at one time. I just love when people who don't know jack shit about guns toss in AR whenever something needs to sound menacing. All rifles will mess you up, even a .22 (AR shoots a .22 round). Go out to the battlefield with an AR an you would be out gunned. Bad. And FYI, the "AR" means "Armalite", the company who invented it, not "Assault Rifle" like CNN tried to say this last year. Idiots.

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    1. The US Armed Forces don't use the M16 anymore, they now use the M4

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    2. The AR-15 and the AK-47 are the preferred rifles of choice of the cartels. I know that is the reason why the cartels are almost always n the wrong side of the battle against the security forces. SeMar use the American M-16 and M-4;the German MP 5 and ump; Israeli Galil. The cartel sicarios need to utilize full auto rifles to have a chance at getting away with their lives much less a battlefield victory. The M-4 is a more recent variation of the M-16. The AR-15 is rabbit
      hunters rifle of choice.

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    3. The Ar is Used b.c.ot has almost the same hit as a ak 47 bullet. Plus they are easier handle

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    4. Ar 15 uses .223 rounds which will go thru your vest.. ask yourself why before you start talkin shit

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    5. @08/07/2013 8:14 PM Get your facts straight, the AK 47 was last produced back in 1979, the latest version is the AK 74, the AK76 coming into the market next year.

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    6. The AR 15 was designed by Colt, forget that Armalite bullshit. Remember Colt AR-15

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  20. ZETAS for life !

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    1. Get off there huevos nuthugger

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  21. Senor Chapo Guzman you be the next one captured . Bunch of son's of bitches . C.D.G ! C.D.G !

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  22. Z40 I'm assuming was obsessed with cars. He washed cars, he slept in cars all that's missing is he f$@k cars. PINCHE LAVA CARROS

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    1. yea he was a "lava carros".. but he was still more successful than you ever will be.. he had cars, houses , jewelry and bitches you could only dream of.. So stop using he's carwashing days to try to talk shit about the guy. Chapo's little ass sold oranges and was born in a straw house .. But yet you people sniff he's balls .. All dope dealers are garbage no matter where they come from or who they are.. Cheering for cartels is worst than ACTUALLY working for one..

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      Hey pendejo, I'm not cheering for any cartel. And while he might had have more bitches than me and money, cars and jewelry. I have the one thing he so desperately wants and can't have. Its called "FREEDOM"
      Oh and I'm sure with all his money he could've had you too.

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    3. Lambehuevos mira donde esta un verdadero capo no una basura. Donde esta el Mayo , Azul y Chapo ? Libres
      Atte:LRD

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  23. You guys are player haters. The guy started from the bottom and went to the top. Check it, from washing cars to leading a billion dollar business. He's a genius.

    Boycott BB

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    1. Yeah right! The culo 40 was so dumb look where he's at now!

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    2. Money doesn't buy you happiness, now he won't see his baby(witch is the only thing he loved) for the rest of his life.

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    3. U listen to much rap haha drake sucks and so does 40 he's gonna be an old geezer talking to himself telling himself how bad ass he was when he was 20 haahaha like all those old losers who live their lives of shit they did in high school!!! Face the real world loser!!!

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    4. It's not how you get to the top it's how long you stay there.
      Atte:LRD

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    5. No seas pendejo, he has money stash for his immediate people. And he is not dead. He is living it up in a mexi prison. He has money bro, as a result he has cable tv, dope, hookers and great " chow in the house". You see my man, the dude is not dead. He is just immobile.

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    6. He need to be in a u.s supermax like they did to gotti.all by himself 23 hrs a day!!!

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    7. to boycott BB,he went from washing cars to a Judas to a millionaire to prison,and who knows for how long! who needs that kind of success?not BB lovers,we'll rather see it all from our armchairs

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    8. Alot of ppl started at the bottom and got rich making it to the top of their game but they did not kill ppl for it and the only scary ppl they look out for is the I.R.S!!!

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  24. I'm just happy for the people of Mexico that this beast is locked up.

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  25. The misterious chivis i read bb as much as i eat food i have become addictive to this blog i wish u health, n happiness chivita

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  26. It is amazing that someone like him could develop love and affection for anything.

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  27. Wow what a shitty life. I hope he catches aids. Son of a bitch spread death to his own ppl and slept in the back of his piss smelling car. I wish i could could kick him in the nuts just one time to wake him up lolol I'd pay good money! As long as the money went to the orphans for this insane war

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  28. 6:16pm - totally agreed...I can't stop reading this blog. It's just amazing the information you guys gather. Chivis, thanks for all that you guys do at BB!

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  29. I Don here from bugss anymore

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  30. @8:05
    why you want to tease me like that? :)
    send me the youtube title or link and I will try to capture it. I am patient.

    Paz
    Chivis

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    1. Chivis, it was well over a year ago when I saw the pic and he had a bigote which I thought was odd. Don't remember the title but this flashed on the screen when they showed his face "muerto port ojete". I'm sure another BB reader will know the title or provide a link.

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  31. Thats not Rogelio Gonzalez Pizana !

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  32. Puro cartel del golfo pinches zetitas ya mejor dense un balazo

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  33. I want to know who grabbed lazcano body? chivis can u help

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  34. isnt that house where some snitch was killed?ive seen that picture before i think..

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  35. Cartel del golfo controlando tamauilipas y coah de parte,de comandante cherry

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  36. @ !0:33Pm

    well hopefully someone will remember because I just spent too much time trying to find it. What is a mystery is why there are no fotos. He was a military GAFE, he had a family, what good is it to keep fotos away from the public?

    Texcoco: I had the foto up of RAUL HAERNANDEZ BARRON who the reader is right it is mistake and one that most people make. Google Z1 and you will see that Raul's foto comes up more than Arturos. But looking at the DEA photos this is def the correct one.

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  37. @ 10:13PM

    don't be an ass, it is def him, the foto is on both the DEA and PGR records....

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  38. jejeje 10:12 your ass got busted. she can spot someone fucking around

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  39. z-40 was not successful at all...he is lower than a the lowliest menial worker who earns an honest living. And when he goes to hell...demons will use his head as a soccer ball

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  40. Z-40 lives and he will have people wash his clothes he will have 1st class meals and plenty of cable tv and he will get to see his child all in prison whether you chapo and cdg ballsniffers like it or not...hee hee.

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  41. The Mexican government is doing a very stupid job.
    By locking up all the top cartel bosses in one supposedly top security prison.
    It's sooner rather than later that you'll see a massive jail break!!!
    These are not the kind of people who take kindly to being jailed.

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  42. he was a PSYCHO :-)

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  43. They should have droned his ass with a hellfire missile and then went in for dna samples.

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  44. This story is suited better for Blog del Narco. The prose is too sensationalistic. BB should keep to straight news.

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    1. If its not on there, it will b soon. ALL these websites have the EXACT same articles word for word

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  45. His baby will be turned into a pinata, I'm sure there are people out there who would do or pay anything to make him suffer

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  46. "Picking over grilled octopus." Oh what freakin drama. It would have sounded better, "Choking down my Taco Bell double Chalupa Supreme!" Journalists always wanting to be famous. Here is a tip, being low profile keeps you alive.

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  47. This was a good article!!! They need to make a movie of his life and the moment when they captured him..I know they have real life footage and pics!!!

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  48. I think you're full of shit.caris o el carinoso was from matamoros.i think youre 40'z biggest cheerleader.paz joto.

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  49. The U.S. Armed Forces DO NOT USE AR-15's.

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  50. DD, Forum adminstratorAugust 8, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Chivis mentioned in her note following the story that she told me in confidence about 2 weeks before he was captured that 40 was living in Sabinas. She stated in the note that she told me because she knew I had loved ones living there. What she said was correct, but what she didn't say was that I was one of my "loved ones" that lived there.

    She didn't mention that because she was trying to protect me, but i had let the cat out of the bag at least a couple of years ago and probably in a dozen or more posts on the Forum since then.

    The reason that I had even mentioned where I live is because I have believed for several years that Sabinas was somewhat of a "safe haven" because some cartel bosses lived there. I did not have any proof of that, only suspicions because of many factors. In a post on the Forum from June 14, 2011, I stated ;
    "june 14 2011. live in Sabinas Coahuila and have for some time wondered why we have not had the violence experienced in other cities. ...Many people believe that many of the bosses of (to use Buela's description) the last letter live here and they don't want to mess in their own nest."
    On Oct. 22 2011, I posted on the Forum;
    "june 14 2011. live in Sabinas Coahuila and have for some time wondered why we have not had the violence experienced in other cities. ...Many people believe that many of the bosses of (to use Buela's description) the last letter live here and they don't want to mess in their own nest."
    It was not until April of 2013 that I posted anything that backed up what I had long believed.
    April 14, 2013 "I have believed for a long time that our city has been the home of some jefes in the cartels (which here would mean the Zs) because until very recently Sabinas has been free of violence we have seen in nearby cities.

    I have other reasons, just bits and pieces, that led to that conclusion. About 2 weeks I heard from a source with ties to the municipal govt. that a "big" boss was or had recently moved here. At the time of Lazca's death last year, I believed and still do that he had been living here, or had a home here. (remember this is where his body was stolen from the funeral home). The city is centrally located with easy access to Monclova, Monterrey, Saltillo, Piedras Negras, Acuna, and even Laredo.

    I have gone back and looked at photos of both Lazca and Z40 many times and tried to compare in mind the memory of the man in the casino. That was 2 or 3 years ago. (the casino has since been shut down by the Army and Fed police). I think it could have been 40" I had talked earlier about a man that had caught my attention in a local casino.

    During that time (2 years at least), Chivis and I have shared info about Sabinas that neither of us has disclosed on BB because just printing the info would disclose who the source was. and we could not jeopardize .their safety by printing it.

    That is the history of why Chivis shared with me he knowledge that for certain 40 was living in Sabinas. It did not surprise me in the least. When she told me "no way" about me publishing the story about him living here, not only was she protecting her source, but also protected me. It would probably not have been too healthy for me in Sabinas if I had written about him living here prior to his capture.

    To any of you that question something Chivis states as a fact, you just don't know Chivis. If she says it, you can take it to the bank.

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  51. I don't normally post comments, but I wouls
    like say joirnalism is not dead.

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  52. Reports of a shootout in N.Laredo between 2 different hit squads.

    -El Dos Canteras

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  53. DD I don't comment much but I want to say I have followed Chivis since she was a BB follower like the rest of us. I would not always agree with what she had to say, but then maybe 6 mos or a year later I would see she was proven right. So I respect what she has to say and am always interested. In this case I did not question it for a second.

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  54. But when do we get to see a picture of Chivis?

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  55. Lazcano bought his freedom with C.I.A., for turning on his fellow GAFE. The photo of Lazcano at squirrel wedding he had a beer belly, there was no beer belly on the photo released by Mex. government, there was also a height differential. Lazcano was so low profile, I don't think he will be wearing the standard issue zeta look, wearing black t-shirt,blue jeans,& boots. Lazcano parents DNA came back negative from that body, but nobody wants to talk about it.DNA last for years that's why their trying to find jimmy Hoffa. Zambada JR. cut a deal with C.I.A.,FOR CRYING OUT LOUD IT WAS A c.i.a. plane that was transporting Sinaloa cocaine,until it crash. The same way Manuel Noriagua was transporting for c.i.a., and don't forget IRAN-CONTRA, where they released cocaine into L.A.,and they invented crack.thats why nancy regan was doing commercial just say NO. bcuz her husband and George c.i.a. bush ,was transporting. 50% of Mexicans believe Lazcano still alive. they should know their own people.money talks, just ask el Azul.

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    1. My understanding was that the DNA test was inconclusive, but his fingerprints would not have changed. And I think he did have a beer belly at the morgue, but Lazca was lying flat on his back so it didn't show as much.

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  56. Has anyone been to NL as of late? Has anyone crossed into downtown, and if so, did they see the Zetas standing across the street from the soldiers? When I crossed, they were standing right in front of Mexican Customs. There were about a 1/2 dozen or so. Just wondering if things have changed.

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    1. Howddo you know they were zetas.

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  57. There's 3 ladies I love in this world mom Ana Brenda Contreras and chivis Martinez!!! Since chivis is from Tamps I imagine her just like Ana Brenda

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    1. Jaja has anyone imagine chivis is a guy using the name chivis so people can think she's a girl. Sorry chivis not putting you down just making conversation .
      Atte:LRD

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    2. Yes 7:16 but its just like u called it imagination and I wanna keep it that way

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  58. This is a great article! I'll never get tired of reading about Z40, he's really interesting despite being so terrible.
    Chivis, I'm from Mesquite near where the Trevinos lived back in the day, and I think I understand the thing about the childhood house. The photo at the end of this article with the brick house beside the fenced house is 7111 Toland St. If you search 7111 Toland St. it sends you to the house across the street, which you have pictured in this article too.

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  59. the best truth indicator of someone who provides information or writes is past history and chivis has done an excellent job. I ask myself the motive to fabricate something such as this, money? fame? that is nullified by the fact chivis is anonymous and is paid zero, no book, not named "Lucy", and so forth. No personal gain and totally believable. I also have sought out her comments and writing for years.

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  60. The comment about the baby is really sad. No matter what this man did, the baby is innocent.

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    1. 6:54 I guess you didn't see the movie Omen.
      Atte:LRD

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    2. Other people's babies were innocents also, and he didn't care.

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  61. Para lograr ese grado no cualkiera lo a logradoo,, TieNE Que Zer BiEn derECho para lograr ese grado nunka se metan con ellos no viviran pa contarlo ,,, UN SALUDO A SUS SICARIOZZ SIEMPRE ANDAN MUY BIEN ARMADOZZ.

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  62. He was freaking nuts and thankfully he got caught.

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  63. Z-40 was successful,and survived...he still has millions hidden away,and his child and wife will live happy,having most possessions for life to be pleasant...
    Z-40 will get out in 18yrs and by then Los Zetas will have conquered Sinaloa and hung that lil prick up on the nearest tree.up in the sierra where the lil prick hides...

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    1. Blah blah blah blah,,,,,,,,,,

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  64. Ima jump on the wagon like a couple of these guys. I wonder what chicks looks like? Or how old she is? I read bb everyday and she's Hella consistent . I like that Ina women I wonder if she has a personel fb.Lets start Congo!!! Lol!!

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  65. *what chivis looks like. ^^^that's what I meant

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    1. ^^^you're single because you're a retard. Go sit down somewhere. Eww.^^^

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  66. which one of you wanna bet that the guy that they captured is guatemalan and is not z40

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    1. O yeah! Same fingerprints and same DNA?

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    2. If it's not him, then why his whole fucking family is getting stays (amparos) against arrest warrants? Even his bitch ass sister Ana Isabel hire 2 lawyers to get amparos for her whole family? And now he's hiding in Dallas, TX?

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  67. Its true bro he was a Guatemalan Z-40 double, he has atleast 20 of them.remember when sadam hussein was swimming inthe tigress and he had 15 or so doubles swimming wit him,well Z-40 is smarter,he has 20 which is 5 more than what saddam had...

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  68. this is horribly written

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  69. How come z40 is so hated and Lazcano wasn't when they both belonged to the same blood thirsty cartel?

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    1. Because CDG and CT and CDS nuthanggers always seen Z40 like a big threat to them.They also hate him because they never heard someone more evil than 40 there feelings get hurt and feel like pussys next to 40 they know well Miguel Treviño is more of a guy with balls than Chaputo,Coss,Tuta and the rest.

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    2. Trust me, anyone with any sense should hate both of them. Under normal circumstances Lazcano was the most brutal type of man, but he was in a cartel with someone even worse! Nobody gets the nickname 'The Executioner' because they are a friendly chap!!

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    3. @ Aug-9 - 2013 10:40am. So to you having balls means killing unarmed, handcuffed innocent people, women and babies?

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  70. Larete y LRD son unos panochones pochos de Laredo,Tx ex-gente de La puta de La Barbie!

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    1. 11:36 fijate que ni pochos ni gente de la Barbie. Pero odiamos a tu gente Los zetas vividores de gente inocente. Como disen tu jefe Miguel nomas con niños , mujeres y hombres amarados puede.
      Atte:LRD

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    2. Pues el otro pendejo ya dijo que trabajo para La Barbie fijate en sus otros comentarios.A si que el pendejo eres tu tratar ocultar algo que tu piquete escribio.

      Te me figuras el pendejo que le ponen los cuernos ni por mas que lo finjes y escondes no quieres ver los cuernos jaja

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    3. Oyes halconsito de mierda y ora que pescaron a tu patron el cobarde soplon drogadicto antisocial violador de mujeres mata ninos y ancianos a que se van a dedicar loz zetas de nectar lima por que juanito carrizales arturo el tejas segun tu wizos son los quien les calento la plazita esa no que muy vergas el talivan fue el unico listo les dijo que la trevi era el soplon que puso a todos pero no hicieron caso por pendejos era informante de la dea el puto en realidad arturo la raza del tubi raza de barbie y jaime valdez aggararon la mejor venganza se aliaron al talivan legionarios cdg y los chaps y no hicieron nada jaja se les acabo el cuento juanito carrizalez se metio a nuevo laredo a dejar todas las mantas y los halconsilos pobrez no pudieron ya se acabo el pedo ya llegamos a kedarnos salganle al topon perroz zumbando en nuevo laredo att:larete

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  71. Odd question but how many kids does he have? Not sure why but I find it interesting how he's supposedly fascinated by his new baby. Murderer but a good father?

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  72. Ah, Chivis and DD, it is so refreshing to read the work of involved, inspiring community leaders who also serve the community through excellent volunteer journalism. Bless you!

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  73. Ta bueno ya que se parten la madre a puro vergaso barbie y la trevi.los hijos de puta que corren la carcel altiplano ya deberian de ingeniarsela para qye se haga.

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  74. @10:55pm proof that he kills and eats baby's pls??

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  75. man they ruined this guatemalan homeboy's life for sometime did they really took him to altiplano ...

    the real z40 is around and chillin along with lazca and omar ...

    taliban was confused he ruined his opportunity.. he did what buck did to 50... disloyalty ...

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    1. Lay down the pipe zetas are done 40 is dead lazcano is dead and omar is diieng your finished dead dead live it learn it reath it zeta nutthuger

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  76. @11:39am proof pls that he kills babys personally??

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  77. Chivis, I see you have a new pic of Z1 up. Looks like the same person I saw in the pic of a YT video (can't for the life of me find it again)the only difference is the one in YT is clear and in color.
    -Junius

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  78. this dude doesnt look like a z40... 40 is higher than these dude might look

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  79. SINOLA RULES THE WORLD FREE CHAPO

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