Tuesday, October 18, 2016

This is how Los Zetas committed Massacres. "When it was over, we slept normally"

Translated by Chuck B Almada for Borderland Beat from an El Pais article October 10, 2016
Written by Pablo De Llano (El Pais)

Within the records of extreme violence in Mexico, the name of Los Zetas stands out. The cartel created during the [late 90s] by deserted Mexican soldiers, incorporated the tactic of civil terror to organized crime. The more savage, the more fear they caused among society and the more that the authorities became submissive, also causing the silence on behalf of the media while they enjoyed an uncontested control of territory. The machine of death of Los Zetas reached its climax during two tragic episodes, which an academic report is currently trying to clarify: the murder of 72 migrants in Tamaulipas in 2010 and the disappearance of an uncertain number of people (estimated at 300) in 2011 in Coahuila.  
Under the direction of Political expert, Sergio Aguayo and the sponsorship of the Comisión Ejecutiva de Atención a Víctimas, the Centro de Estudios Internacionales del Colegio de México, an investigation was carried out; that report was named “Abandonment (en el Desamparo).” This report analyzed these two terrible cases and highlighted the lack of attention received on the victims and with the conclusion that didn’t surprise anyone: “The state has not done its homework.”


San Fernando Municipality, Tamaulipas-August 2010, witness statement of one of the survivors: “They tied our hands, they covered our eyes, and then they made us form a “U,” first the women and among them was a pregnant one. They told us to shut up, to not scream because they would kill us.” At that time, according to the report, San Fernando was an “extermination camp.” These 72 migrants that passed by San Fernando en-route to the American dream actually experienced their worst nightmare. Los Zetas and Gulf Cartel were at an open war with each other for the control of Tamaulipas and the Zeta strategy was to annihilate everything that smelled like the enemy.  Amid rumors that the Gulf Cartel was recruiting migrants to fight against them, Los Zetas, a group so violent that the citizens wouldn’t dare to even mention their name, intercepted these 72 migrants, took them to a ranch, and offered them to join their organization. Three said yes according to the survivor (the report couldn’t determine of these three survived and became sicarios for Los Zetas or if they were part of the 72 murdered). Then, the carnage began. “El Alacran, El Chamaco, and El Sanidad killed them all with 9 millimeter coup de grace.” This according to a confession made by cartel member. “ When it was over, we slept normally.”
Allende Municipality, Coahuila- March 2011. What happened in Allende? Did it last days, weeks, or months? How many died? Allende is the darkest mystery during the Zetas reign of terror. Witness statements that have never been confirmed have talked about 300 disappearances. The report believes that the official number is of 42 disappearances in a 14 month period, 26 of them from a single weekend in March 2011. During this weekend, a group of Los Zetas on behalf of the Treviño brothers, summoned the 26 victims (all 26 were relatives, friends, and associates of three Zeta members that were on the hit list) to Allende so that they could kill them in retaliation for the three Zeta members that cooperated with the DEA and also for stealing between 5 and 10 million dollars. As it was tradition, they killed people, burned their bodies with gasoline, destroyed their homes. Meanwhile, the municipal police in Allende, at the service of the Treviños, simply looked the other way and did nothing.

The three Zetas that collaborated with the DEA are currently living in the U.S. and at least two of them are under the federal protected witness program. The report has criticized the lack of transparency of the U.S. after requests on information pertaining to the three of them.  
Police for hire-“ The police forces obeyed the orders given to them.” According to the report, orders were to “not go out on patrol and to ignore calls for service.” The only humanitarian deed on behalf of the corrupt officers that day was that of a female officer working for Los Zetas who found a little girl of 5 years and a 3 year old boy and got them out of there and took them to another town. Nothing guaranteed that the Zetas would have mercy: a year later in Allende, some family members of the three “traitors” were found and killed. This was a family that consisted of the husband, wife, and their two children, ages 6 and a newborn. This new act of retaliation was carried out by both sicarios and police officers.

According to the report, “In 2010 and 2011, Los Zetas had at their service the 38 police officers of San Fernando and the 20 from Allende.” However, the officers got involved with Los Zetas in a different ways” Some became complicit while others kept their distance but didn’t confront or fight the criminals. The report explains the easiness of buying police officers in Mexico. The report highlighted that an officer would charge at least 300 dollars per month in that region. For example, to have the entire police force in Allende in their payroll, Los Zetas only needed [$6,000] dollars a month. This amount is nothing compared to the millions of dollars that this organization made from the sales of cocaine, kidnappings, and extortion.

The analysis of the major blood baths of Los Zetas highlighted the complicity or lack of operation on behalf of the institutions from the different levels of government. “The municipal governments were complicit of grave human rights violations; the state government of Tamaulipas was indifferent and in Coahuila insufficient. What did the federal entities do or didn’t do? The information that we have is enough to help us understand the actions and inactions of the federal government.” And “we hope to close this gap during the second phase of this investigation.”  
Today, the Zetas Cartel has lost its unity. Its historical leaders are no longer in the game. Heriberto Lazacano AKA El Verdugo was killed and his body was mysteriously stolen by a Zetas commando. Miguel Angel Trevino AKA Z40 is currently incarcerated. The organization has become fragmented to the point that the current status of the cartel is unknown; however, its violence is very alive in Gulf States; especially Veracruz and Tamaulipas. Meanwhile, Mexico tries to understand the deadly episodes in the history of this young criminal organization.

30 comments:

  1. Excellent post
    Thanks , Chuck

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  2. well done, may I add the solution for group like los zetas are some PEPES

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    1. Haha PEPEs were just the Cali cartel. And by the way, CJNG has already used the tactic; they ingratiated themselves into the autodefensa movement and used it to facilitate their takeover of Michoacán. So no, I don't think a group like PEPEs would help the situation, in fact it would most likely just cause more death and destruction and the common people of Mexico would be no better off.

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    2. Damn bro that was a very educated and well thought out rebuttal... Impressive

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    3. The "PE"rseguidores de "P"ablo "E"scobar ultimately left hundreds of thousands of victims in their wake, many of them called "Casualties of War" others were "Falsos Positivos" to make it appear like they asked for it,
      --The AUTODEFENSAS UNIDAS DE COLOMBIA, WHICH ARE ALSO THE INITIALS OF ALVARO URIBE VELEZ made many of their killings after Pablo Escobar was gone, many narco-guerrillas were also working with alvaro uribe velez and his brother chief of the apostoles, santiago, and the military and the police were used frequently, and have mass graves near military bases to prove it even around AUV's pride and joy, hacienda "el Uberrimo" but "el varito, never knew a thing" see colombia's clandestine mass graves...
      Mexico reflects chile's Caravana de la muerte's victims, and colombia, guatemala, el salvador, argentina, honduras, peru, and others because they come from the same book, from the same country the US who learned from the very best, their nazi rat line escapeés and the French School of counterinsurgency that cost them the rest of their empire and defeat in vietnam, but they still try to win using their skills in wars on the Arab countries, win or lose, the weapons merchantzzz make coin...
      Also thanks to the School of the Assassins and to the federal police who made Mexican army and former GAFE Arturo Guzman Decena Z1 A POLICIA JUDICIAL FEDERAL OFFICER AND SENT HIM TO OSIEL, san fernando's death scene look exactly like TLATLAYA, --but there were no zetas in Tlatlaya, only army soldiers...
      --the mexican government minimizes Allende victims, now it was only 30 or 40, down from 400 or 500, easy job!!!
      --Thanks for stirring this old shit all over again...

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    4. I beg to differ..retired or ex US navy seals with compassion for humanity and a desire to rid this earth of cowardly scum like los zetas would work. Deploy them into Mexico on secret missions to get rid of the scum bags that murder innocent people, including children...just a suggestion and thought...

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    5. 11:31 compassion for themselves, and their own, and then maybe others, but as a rule, their masters say what is up, most of the seals would not even train if it were not for the pay, not even for basic training, not for God or Country alone either.

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  3. Is there a reason to when Sinaloa, the most tourist vacationing area, is at odds, the news gets circumvented to other cartels, creating havoc in other areas. This does not solve issues, it only encourages other cartels to enlarge the drug war in Sinaloa. This endangers tourists from other countries, and further enforces other countries to get involved. Involvement of other countries, whether small or large on the map, will take out Mexico. Texas only received a small part of Mexico years ago...how many other small parts of Mexico will be taken until Mexico is gone? Or is going for all or nothing of Mexico at once the idea? It is between CJNG and CDS. Alliances? Will only erupt in an all out war constituting a blurred not clear line in the drug war, which will result in an open door for other countries or new cartels. Other countries are moving in, rich countries, which will disrupt the new balance from new cartels. So, let nature take its course

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    1. Only the Zetas fuck with us Americans (at least that is what ive heard because i would never travel to a zeta dominated area) but in TJ and Jalisco you have to be one loud mouthed ignorant gringo to get in trouble with the cartel... Fact of the matter is (especially in TJ) not only do the gangsters go out of there way to not bother you they damn near accomadate you quite frankly they are gracious hosts again specifically in Tijuana.

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    2. Actually it's los golfos who fuck with americans... besides the Hartley case ... I still think they were involved with organized crime because he worked for an oil company off the gulf Coast and lived in reynosa for about 5 years

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  4. Ya let's focus on those few massacres, when the military has been has committed a genocide across the country they kill just because theyou can but nobody wants to talk about it

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  5. There need to be groups like the Pepes operating all over Mexico. At the end no one wanted to even talk to Pablo Escobar for fear of being killed. Los Pepes are the true heroes of Colombia.

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    1. 10:31 usté es todo un pendejo "caballero" informese, como dice Alvaro Uribe Velez, el chapa que empezar trabajando para Pablo Escobar as a government operator for air operations and who murdered his own father because he was an asshole like his son.
      Alvaro Uribe's mother was related to the Ochoas, and mexico suffers the ires of the Ochoas through their mexican government officers because the mexican narcos betrayed the colombians so much stealing and murdering them so often until they owned all the business in mexico, "for a while", remember the colombians helped epn get elected with computer hackers and PI's like "el giniral" Oscar Naranjas...
      --The US keeps supporting EPN because it helps privatize or steal mexico's paraestatales, under guise of bilateral globalism and shit like christian democracy and values,to steal valuables.

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  6. Nobody's innocent in this world

    I salute my Zeta comrades worldwide!

    ATTE: English Zeita

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    1. But some posess more innocence than others...

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    2. Oh youre back
      Welcome
      ATTE: English Poof

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  7. Pero nomas mataron al papa y a la senora y a los ninos los dejaron ir...

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  8. So it started with, los zetas killed 300 people now it is closer to 26? Pretty big difference, I always believed it was 300. The moral of the story don't steal from los zetas

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  9. So what happened with kiko trevino?

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  10. The Feds confiscated the stolen loot from the informants! They knew all about the massacre and did nothing!
    They sleep normally at night!

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    1. they cant do nothing because they are American DEA, not Mexican feds

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  11. zetas worse - than pepes. before isis, they were the worst!

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  12. Does anyone know what happened to Lazcano's body? Where was he buried? What are the rumors on the streets?

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    1. El lazca is living on the ranchos of "MAO CHON", his Elite Zeta boss secretario de gobernacion de epn, former porro governor of Hidalgo state and aspirino looking for the presidency after epn.

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  13. It can be done with guarantees from SEDENA and SEMAR they would not arrest the MEXICAN PEPES

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    1. SEDENA AND SEMAR ARE ALREADY CORRUPT AND HAVE TOO MANY PARAMILITARY mixed with foreign soldiers of fortune doing dirty deeds for the mexican government, they are very expensive too, one foreign SOF costs more than a whole police department, there is no money left unless the US makes the "effort", or the USSR.

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  14. This report says 3 zetas collaboraters worked with DEA & is living in U.S.A.. Like Heriberto Lazcano DNA came back negative after they took his parents from grave to take DNA samples. The 2 Top Mexican Generals that were proctecting & taking payoffs from Lazcano then mysteriously resign 8 weeks after Lazcano supposely death.

    It was Lazcano that snitched on Hummer, El Lucky, Mamito, Cachtes, Flavio, Taliban, Squirell, Costilla Sanchez, that was part of the deal he cut to save his own ass, besides the million of dollar bribes.
    Remember their was a new mex president coming in with new rules at the same time this happen.
    Lazcano is on DEA most wanted website Houston ,tx, division, Bcuz DEA want to cover their but, it case Lazcano pops up somewhere. DEA was in on it, as it was DEA that was the first to notify mex goverment that Lazcano was dead, Wake up folks

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    1. Coss was the reason the war started because he betrayed the zetas... he was close to being caught by the zetas so he turned himself in ... L 50 was killing his own people because they were following the treviños and lazcanos orders that's why he went to hide with the Sinaloa cartel then he betrayed them and that's why he turned his self in... lazcanos is really dead

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    2. If Lazca was alive Zetas wouldn't be in this mess in the first place. All sense of unity in Los Zetas died with Lazcano.

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    3. El taliban Z50 was caught in SLP, a zeta stronghold, home of enrique francisco galindo ceballos, a zeta for life from the start who had resigned because he failed the "examinations" and se cagó in the tongue depressor, he went against z40 and his zetas because of "No Pay" fraud from la treviña.

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