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Saturday, July 10, 2010

The 2nd in Command of the Gulf Cartel is Identified

Other U.S. agencies and the Mexican armed forces are cooperating with the investigation.

The PGR know the face but not the name of the CDG lieutenant.

The Attorney General of the Republic (PGR) and the DEA identified the chief lieutenant of the Gulf cartel (CDG), responsible for "eliminating" and confronting sicarios and operators of Los Zetas, led by former soldier Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, "El Lazca" or "El Verdugo" in Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon and other states.

PGR officials stated that this is a person only known as El Gringo, but is operating as second in command in that criminal organization, led by former police commander Jorge Eduardo Costilla, El Coss.

They mentioned that the DEA and other U.S. agencies have focused their investigation of this person for the ties he has within the Gulf Cartel. In this search it involves not just the PGR, but the Mexican military.

They stated that they are working in a coordinated effort to find the whereabouts of El Gringo, who lives in Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon, states that have caused the bloodiest confrontations between the Gulf cartel and Los Zetas.

In these states there is also an alliance of the Gulf Cartel with La Familia michoacana, los Valencia and the Sinaloa cartel, headed by Joaquin "El Chapo Guzman, former partners and now rivals of Los Zetas.

Based on statements made before the justice of the United States, Osiel Cardenas, a former Gulf cartel (CDG) leader, it is known that there is a war between the CDG and the Zetas, who for many years was the armed wing of the CDG.

Federal officials said that this boss forged "good agreements" with Washington and provided essential information for the dismantling of Los Zetas.

The Gulf cartel is currently headed by Jorge Eduardo Costilla, one of the people closest to Osiel Cardenas. Furthermore he also has the backing of the brother, Ezequiel Cardenas Guillen, Tony Tormenta.

Meanwhile, The Lazca clan has the support of Miguel Angel Trevino, The L-40, second in command of this criminal group that was once lead by Osiel Cardenas Guillen who had extended control throughout the country.

According to federal officials, Cárdenas Guillén provided information on the operations of Los Zetas, the cities where they have influence, the businesses they have created using drug money, their main ringleaders, contacts outside the country and the authorities who protect their activities.

This information is part of the deal that was offered to avoid being sentenced to life imprisonment for crimes committed on U.S. territory, so he is now serving a sentence of 20 years in prison with the possibility to be reduced.


  1. Amazing how this individual who is responsible for brininging Los Zetas to power will be serving less than 20 yrs in prison. Cardenas' efforts for control ignited what today is known as the Cartel Wars.

  2. W'ell they don't call him the "Friend Killer" because he's a nice guy. This guy wacked anybody in his way to get to the top. Prior to "Abrego" being incarerated; he was nothing but a small time municipal cop and part time
    body shop owner before he joined the CDG. He's the one that brought "Decena" (Zeta 1)into the
    Cartel and then made it possible to offer most
    of these scumbags Mucho Dinero to desert the Army!

  3. This guy don't look like a (Gringo) to me. It's probably their way of throwing off the cops becasue their out looking for a light skinned fair haired boy and this Greaser is right in front of them..!


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