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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Mexico Killing Spree Blamed on Zetas’ Rivalries with Other Gangs

From the archives (July 9, 2011).
Ten men and one woman were massacred in Valle del Chalco, in the state of Mexico.

Three separate massacres that have left 41 dead in two days in Mexico are attributable to the Los Zetas mob’s rivalries with several other drug cartels in different parts of the country, the government said.

Federal security spokesman Alejandro Poire said Saturday at a press conference in this capital that “all these incidents occurred in the context of a deadly and irrational competition among criminal gangs that must be subdued.”

One of the incidents occurred in Valle de Chalco, a town on the outskirts of Mexico City, where the dead bodies of 11 people – 10 men and one woman – were discovered Friday and another woman was found alive but seriously wounded.

Elsewhere, in the northern industrial city of Monterrey, capital of the northeastern state of Nuevo Leon, 20 people were gunned down – 17 men and three women – and five more were wounded Friday when an armed commando fired indiscriminately at customers and employees inside a bar.

Finally, 10 decapitated bodies – three of them women – were found Saturday morning in the northern city of Torreon, Coahuila state, and the heads discovered in different parts of town.

Poire said the Mexican government condemns the killings and the “absurd struggle” among the criminal gangs and expresses its condolences to the family members of the victims.

According to the authorities, the incident in Valle de Chalco was due to a turf battle between Los Caballeros Templarios (The Knights Templar), a splinter group of the badly weakened La Familia Michoacana cartel, and the Los Zetas mob.

Meanwhile, the violence in Monterrey and Nuevo Leon was attributed to an “all-out war” that has been waged since March 2010 between the Gulf cartel and Los Zetas for control of smuggling routes to the United States they once shared.

The Zetas, a band of special forces deserters turned outlaws, used to work as hired guns for the Gulf cartel but went into business for themselves a few years ago and are now fighting turf battles against their former allies.

The violence in Coahuila, the government says, is due to fighting between Los Zetas and the Sinaloa mob, which is headed by Mexico’s most-wanted fugitive, Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman.

Since President Felipe Calderon took office in late 2006, some 40,000 people have been killed in Mexico in turf battles among rival cartels and clashes between the mobs and the security forces.

Calderon has deployed tens of thousands of army soldiers and Federal Police to drug war hotspots but, despite the arrests or killings of some cartel kingpins, the strategy has not reined in the violence.

Opponents of the president’s military-based strategy say it is high time to shift course.



  1. Good, as long as they keep killing each other and leave innocent people alone!!!..

  2. Shift course? What's that suppost to mean, nothings going to stop this anytime soon, it's become a monster that the lure of easy money is feeding.

  3. Zeta will not be stopped. It festers like AIDS. Small forces. Quick insertions into areas that are not tactically efficient. The bodies are disposable. The violence is remarkable. It will take the same tactics to defeat this and it will take years.

  4. I get the picture once d zetas are exterminated then the killin will subside. The drug trade will still go on like it has been for decades. Ppl will get killed in mexico always rite now the zetas is a bad cancer that seriously needs to be cut out so society can have some kind of security. Their end is near u got cds cdg n the cts on their ass as well as calderon. So soon mexico will get this trash cleaned up

  5. All right OPPONENTS lets shift course, You can lay out the details any time you choose. BULL SHIT, some people CRIMINALS are hard to reason with , they are PSYCHO,anti social,they must be delt with forcefully period, kinder gentile people can not understand this and whine cry light candles and always have a better idea SO WTF Is this better IDEA ??

  6. Are the Zetas everywhere, now?

    ...uhu... whatever....

    What's happening is that any group of "random pelados" can call themselves a zeta. The zeta franchise is like the OXXO's you see four to a corner anywhere in Mexico. zetas will take any of the other cartel's fuck-ups and grant a franchise to anyone (or they just call themselves a zeta; who's gonna say no?) ; but we all know the zeta focus is Frontera Chica (Laredo, Monterrey to Mataflys, and points in between).

    May those bastard dogs find a quick end.

  7. does anyone else share my belief that the death penalty might...just might deter organized crime activity and violence in general?
    -m caceres

  8. this article is funny, remember out of chaos comes order, fast and furious, Zetas supported by US agencies and guns, drugs, immigration issues. Wake up, all leading to martial law. It is what the UN and US wants. Now NAFTA approved, just a matter of time before US trucks are hijacked and more citizens killed! More reason US will have to intervene because US citizens won't stand for it! Yippee!

  9. Wonder of the chopped of heads in torreon were zetas or chapos people. They say cds is starting to take it over

  10. 6:47pm "does anyone else share my belief that the death penalty might...just might deter organized crime activity and violence in general?"

    Are you kidding me? What the hell do you call what is happening now? Daycamp? The military is not shooting to wound and all those bodies are not just sleeping.

  11. Dont forget to thank the US gansters Obama, ATF and the rest of Homeland Security and the criminal US government for training and suppling arms to Los Zetas.

    Now those same criminals who have taken over the US are telling us American men and women, that its our fault that they gave the guns to the Zetas. The criminals who run the US are going to restrict our gun rights further because they are supplying the zetas with weapons.

    The mexican drug cartels are just an extension of the criminal US government and the global ruling elite. OBAMA IS WHITE, ELITIST, GLOBALIST, TRASH.

    We all need to rise up against the corruption.

  12. To all you White/nonwhite/ Supremist/conspiracy nutcases, you guys are really fucking crazy. Your view of reality is totally loco. You say "the mexican drug cartels are just an extension of the criminal US government blah blah blah". Go back to school & do your homework. Your comments are totally nuts. Why does borderland Beat even publish such ridiculous comments, but freedom of speech takes precedence over your insane remarks.

  13. Anonymous at 11:21 -- Chill Already. 8^)

    I'm a white american and not a racist. I love my friends of all colors from the us and mexico. I want to see mexico taken from the global banking cartels and from the mexican drug cartels and given back to the mexican people.

    Its a fact that the global ruling elite are white, you can't argue about that. Its just a fact. I was pointing out in a colorful way that obama is global elitist trash.

    Here are some articles on project gun runner and the banking cartels and torture. I hope you take the time to read them.

  14. @July 13, 2011 11:21 AM

    Are you serious? I'm from finland, I'm white, also i fucking disrespect You. Fuck off allready.
    This is not about races whats happening, this is not about anything what You believe about. This is all about force on smuggling routes. You really think it's color what matters then? Go home, there's mother and dad for You. Please.

  15. @July 13, 2011 3:28 PM

    "Its a fact that the global ruling elite are white"

    It's fact in certain countries, not globally.

  16. 6:47pm "does anyone else share my belief that the death penalty might...just might deter organized crime activity and violence in general?"

    9:10 AM Are you kidding me? What the hell do you call what is happening now? Daycamp? The military is not shooting to wound and all those bodies are not just sleeping.

    The death penalty in mexico might be good, from my point of view. Of course the government is doing a good job exterminating them, but to have that option. That even if you get lucky and make it to prison, that you might still die. Because traffickers/sicarios are not afraid of prison. But they are afraid of being killed. Prison system in mexico its like being in the streets, but you got to stay with in those walls. They get to have there families over for the weekend and everything you can think of in there. Crazy thinking that there so comfortable in prison for what they have done. If the death penalty was in tacked, might make people think twice, cause the outcome is you die or you die. Either by the government or your enemies!

    El PiPiriPow

  17. the only way to guarantee that murderous criminals in mexico won't commit another murder is to pass legislature legalizing capital punishment and putting it to practice on these cartel low-lives. i agree with you PiPiriPow, these organized crime scum might not fear serving prison time as much as being stripped of their families, freedoms(in the case of those that do get out), and life. i am in full support for the legalization of capital punishment of mexico.

  18. I did 10yrs in a texas maximum prison n l saw alot of ppl like these dum ass sicarios their all cowards wit out a gun. Some were broke n some cried like lil bitches. I saw alot of gangs n all i can say is that its all bs. Only a few are real man the rest are expandable like the majority who die n do the killin in this drig war. Only a few benefit out of all this killin . The majority doin the dien n killin are doin it for crumbs. Bola de pendejos! The zetas are the worse 1s their basicaly a group of thieves n are parasites who claim to be military minded but their not their jus cowards hidin behind a gun. They murder ppl for crumbs n stupid shit. They need to put an end to those cowards.

  19. Wow whats new. Someone dies ooh it was zetas jaja I think that's pretty stupid why don't they ever talk about those two girls an a little six year old girl that were kidnapped by cheyo anthrax or el 2 who is a member of the Sinaloa cartel in culiacan ooh that right because the sinaloa cartel never kidnaps or kills jaja.


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