Monday, October 1, 2018

Los Zetas Become Corporate Narcos

Translated by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Vanguardia




                          Los Zetas go from being narcos to be a "company" in the energy sector

One of the most bloodthirsty cartels in the country, Los Zetas, has achieved a dominant position not only because of its brutal power, but also because of the business practices that bring it closer to the behavior of a company. That is the impressive conclusion reached by the specialist Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera.

In a widely documented story that  became the book Los Zetas Inc . -Published by Planeta, in its Temas collection of today-, the academic and researcher Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera reveals how the Los Zetas cartel , initially formed by ex-soldiers who served as assassins, organized each of its commercial practices in a corporate manner, they included contraband, kidnapping and piracy of music and movies.

Of special mention is the incursion of Los Zetas into the illegal trade of crude oil, natural gas and gasoline, not only by means of robbery or looting, but also with the use of façade companies that take advantage of the constitutional changes made in the sexennium of the President Enrique Peña Nieto to the legislation of the Mexican energy sector.


 In addition, the author -who is associate professor of the Schar School of Politics and Government at George Mason University, in Virginia, United States- affirms that the government's strategy of confronting drug trafficking by means of weapons contributed to the  situation in the country that now resembles that of a civil war that yields economic benefits for some. 

This specific investigation reveals the keys to understanding a structure with which this faction of organized crime has become practically a new type of transnational corporation.

The researcher compares the Los Zetas cartel with three large transnational companies to try to understand its operation: the first is Exxon Mobil, a corporate in the energy sector with multiple subsidiaries; the second is Halliburton, an investment company that also dominates in the field of hydrocarbons, and the third is Blackwater, dedicated to providing security services.

This leads to a central question: Who benefits from the violence promoted by cartels such as Los Zetas?

Lupita Correa affirms that the favored ones are several actors: the corporations of the energy sector, the transnational financial companies, the firms that offer private security, the banks and the military and industrial security complex of the border in the United States.

38 comments:

  1. Mexican goverment likes to steal from its citizens. Reason why they creare these scum cartels as fronts. What is the u.s waiting for and take all of mexicos oíl reserves?

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    1. I think U.S is afraid that if they tried that.... Mexico simply lets china or Russia set bases all over mexico... So us. Just lets Latin America fight their own wars instead of deploying armies all over

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    2. The first mexican president kicked all oil companies out and nationaliced it. How things arw now he must be spinning on his grave.

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    3. America doesn't want the drug war to end. Too many people are employed as part of that fight. Too many economies stay afloat due to drug trafficking. Take over Mexico? What are you thinking? It is an independent nation. Completely illegal. Mexico will probably never see real change. And that is so sad to say.

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    4. 9:16 Lazaro Cardenas was not the first president but you are correct he's definitely rolling in his grave

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    5. @2.33
      As if America does not steal. Bullying and flexing its muscles all over the world for vested interests.
      As for taking something from others to benefit one self has been the issue with conflicts abroad. Fighting wars for political reasons than humanitarian issues.
      Suggest do some research.

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  2. Zetas worldwide we don’t die we multiply.....chinaloa nuthuggers will say otherwise

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    1. Que zetas ni la chingada pendejo. Los zetas cartel ya no existen. Ahora quedan puras celulas no cartel. Ni en sus mejores tiempos tenian conecta a colombia.

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    2. Did you try to rhyme that's funny lol

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    3. 2:44 foo wake up,looks like u have been asleep for the last 6 years...Zs multiply as dead bodies chopped up in pieces,cjng is taking care of u guys haha no need for cds to do it,Zs dont even control not 1 state..

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    4. 5:52 actually zetas stopped recruiting local gangs and went low pro... Same as other cartles... That have evolutionized... Remember mafias are not meant to be put out there like cds... A mafia is meant to be a secret society the evryone believes doesn't exist

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    5. sicario 006 what do you have to say about this?

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    6. 9:12 Zs stopped recruiting cause they had no influence no more,they were dropping like flies,stopped being a cartel long ago,a real mafia has respect towards innocent people so Zs not even close to being one.if they went low pro is cause they getting killed,no evolution for them just the same pigs...

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    7. @3:51, is that why they went thru Guatemala for Coca. I always wondered why they didn’t go to Columbia directly.

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    8. VeracruZzz sigue activoZzz

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    9. This comment made me cringe.

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  3. They own the Austin market

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  4. Interesting. I hope this book is for sale in Mexico and also in español.
    For many years now I hear and see when I visit my friend Nuevo Laredo is tranquil and she says to me Piedras Negras is tranquilo for a city on la frontera. I do not think this would be as it is if Lazca or M Trevino was still today jefe de la plaza
    There is balazos for many hours on el puente del Quelite last night and this road normally is secured. Maybe Chapo Isidro people - I don’t know?

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  5. So many years have passed in the drug war, they still around making hundreds of millions. They "invaded" many states in Mexico and brought so much fear to those areas. At the top levels they are involved with Government. It dosent matter what state in Mexico or what cartel is in power at the moment , at some point alot of people were involved with them at different levels. Yet its funny how i can turn on the radio and here corridos from Caf,CDJ, CJNg,CDs,Blo,La Fm, CdG even has a corrido or two. Yet Zetas are banned from radio. Kinda of wierd that these guys are still involved in alot of areas of Mexico yet so much hatred torwards them. Does anybody care to opinionate on this besides the nuthugger comments coming my way. Like do you see what i see. The complexity the Z have always been.

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    1. Because for a long time the Sinaloa cartel had alot of connections with different media outlets and when Calderon started the main war in 2006 he was mostly after the zetas but mostly out of that cartel he really wanted to get rid of the treviños so they started the propaganda war against them blaming everything on miguel trevino I remember every thing bad that happened in mexico no matter what part of the country the blame was on them and the Sinaloa people were the good guys fighting them off

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    2. They used to play the Robin Hood role back in the early 2000s. Just listen to Beto Quintanilla and the old zetas corridos. They were supposed to be a sort of brotherhood for outcast vets from the PRI era.

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    3. Sure I'll explain to you. Unlike most of Mexican cartels, Zetas were originally formed as enforcers for the Gulf Cartel,they were deserters of the Mexican Special Forces.When they splintered off they dedicated themselves to do what they do best, killing people. Because they did not have the contacts for drug trade, their main source of income was from extortion, kidnapping, stealing etc.. Instead of paying off government, they just straight killed them. Instead of trying to get the respect of the people, they just came and start charging "piso", at ANY cost. Not only were they fighting the Sinaloa, Gulf and Familia Michoacana, they had a vendetta with the government. With such a costly war, they had to get income at the expense of pretty much everyone else. They didnt invent torture, dismemberment or decapitation, but they surely made it famous as their trademark signature. They were responsible for many terrorist attacks others did not dare to make. To put it simply, as Edgar Villareal aka "La Barbie" said. "Not even their mom likes them"

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    4. Ok 11:47 , i would think that is the maximum top level alphaness in a dirty business. Maybe the Z were/are to evil for most. I understand in that game nothing really is honorable. Except for leaving innocents alone. But other cartels have killed, dismembered ,disappeared anybody who gets in the way . I dont cheer for any group and i think that is why i am not blinded by the hater syndrome. I just notice that this group originally advanced in underworld activities at an alarming pace, that not even corridos want to mention them. Well at least popular corridos which are played on radio. Like if they were too evil even for music. Let me give an example.. a Zeta teenage gunmen is referred to as a "Maruchanero". Other cartels have scrawny teenage gunmen as well,yet the Z gunmen is bashed on. As if they are lower. But in reality all low level gunmen from any cartel are same.

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    5. They call them maruchaneros because a while back z42 put up a narco manta making fun of the military that they didnt pay them enough and all they ate was maruchan... so somebody somewhere reversed it on them

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  6. NL It is not peaceful! PN is more or less

    https://www.planetadelibros.com.mx/libro-los-zetas-inc/265904

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    1. Gracias Chivis for the link. Compared to days when los Trevinos were free people of NL say me it is much different and secure today. I see the peoples driving and eating and drinking late in the night and this was not how it was for many years earlier. No?

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    2. absolutely untrue and I correct you so readers will know. not only narcos but innocents being killed. CDN trying to blame marina as they wear knock off uniforms and drive clones.

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    3. @Chivis Z doing been doing same in NL since 2003

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  7. A bb reader posted “who started stealing gasoline”.
    Well my answer is los Z but in reality it was just a few bandits. Los Z got smarter and took it to another level. The first pipeline i first heard they were stealing from was in southern Coahuila.

    Now recently I’ve heard bandits are targeting railroad trains with product heading to the US.

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    1. No they didnt get smarter. If they were smart they wld of sent drugs to usa. They got dumber so they had to steal gas and live of extortion.

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  8. Hi Chivis, I've seen how professors come up with research like this article above, do cartels ever target them? Have any been killed for being open and exposing their names? I would be anonymous if I were them. What are your thoughts on this?????

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    1. Academics, think tankers etc are usually not targeted.

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    2. Hi Chivis thanks for the response. I think you're right because I have never heard of this happening BUT this makes no sense to me. Why? Because cartels are being exposed and it's not like cartels have any empathy or moral code. Can you please explain further if you can? This really interests me....it's perplexing to me I guess....

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  9. Todavia esta aqui el agente sicario .0000000000000006. Al principio era chido y me hacias reir. Pero ya no. me aburristes con tus cuentas chivas y tus mamadas.no se porque chivis le sigue al cuento. Ya ponen 20 histotias al dia, y LA MAYORIA no todas, pero muchas tienen nada de importancia. Antes era una al dia 2 al dia pero eran pescados del mar grandes. Escribes histotias de yaqui, con todo respecto. Endeves de algo de importancia.y que bomberos y el Gato y el perro del vecino.
    Valio verga.
    Watch my post not b posted cuz i mentioned the favorite of the group.
    If it does, all u little keyboard wariors going to wake up.😂

    Atte: PURO S.L.P. y JAL.!!!!

    ARRIBA MEXICO, pinchez gringoz putoz. Chingen a su puta madre

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  10. This scholar has been saying for a long time that the "war on drugs" is misnamed. The war is really against criminal groups seeking to take control of territory for exploitation of the locals and natural resources.

    If that's the case, it's really a question of national sovereignty and the government, such as it is, much use all the force available to fight these groups, even though many security forces are allied with the criminal groups.

    The Mexican mess.

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    1. Mr.ZMexican Mess, I am sorry to inform you, the Repubic of Mexico, is corrupted at many levels, that you would be amazed. Read more and your eyes, would open up more.

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  11. Worldwide Workdwide

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