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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Nine Die in Drug-Related Violence in Monterrey

Gunmen murdered four people, including two police officers, in two attacks in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey, while the security forces killed five gunmen in a shootout in the western state of Jalisco, officials said.

Men armed with large-caliber weapons opened fire Monday on a police patrol car in the southern section of Monterrey, the capital of Nuevo Leon state, killing an officer, the state Security Council said.

Gunmen staged a simultaneous attack on an officer at a food stand outside the police headquarters in the eastern section of Monterrey, killing him.

Two men eating with the officer were also killed in the shooting, officials said, adding that one of the men may be a police officer.

Monterrey, Mexico’s most important industrial city, and its suburbs have been battered by a wave of drug-related violence since March 2010, when three rival cartels reportedly went to war with Los Zetas.

Los Zetas has been battling an alliance of the Gulf, Sinaloa and La Familia drug cartels, known as the Nueva Federacion, for control of the Monterrey metropolitan area and smuggling routes into the United States.

Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, known as “El Lazca,” deserted from the Mexican army in 1999 and formed Los Zetas with three other soldiers, all members of an elite special operations unit, becoming the armed wing of the Gulf drug cartel.

After several years on the payroll of the Gulf cartel, Los Zetas, considered Mexico’s most violent criminal organization, went into the drug business on their own account and now control several lucrative territories.

A total of 267 murders were registered in the industrial city in 2009, with the figure rising to 828 in 2010 and more than 900 so far this year, official figures show.

Army troops and state police, meanwhile, killed five gunmen and arrested 12 others in a shootout in Mexquitic, a city in the western state of Jalisco, federal security officials said.

Three other gunmen, who were carrying five kilos of cocaine and nearly 300,000 pesos (about $25,500), were arrested in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas.

Source: EFE


  1. Los Zetas are now expolice officers from state federal and municipal range haven`t you all notice that! because a friend of my brother told him that thats the reason why the cartel del golfo are killing this new cops because they know they will be the new reclutes for the Z`s and this friend was working before at Monterrey for this group and now he is working with the Lazca at ???? well somewhere! this is a fact.

  2. here BB goes embellishing the story and exaggerating the violence...ardnarc didn't hear any shootings..

    and only 900 killed so far ...that is nothing

    and i am just making it all up that my friends tell me about shootings...and that i have heard it myself while talking on the phone...

    but ard knows best ...

    wanna play in the street ard

    how many don't even make the news?

  3. You make Los Zetas sound so special when really all of this guys are just a bunch of coked up freaks and it's not just them it's all of the cartels .

  4. Yes it is true about Los Zetas having ex police officers in their ranks, but that is just about every cartel so this is nothing new. El Coss from the Gulf Cartel is a former cop too. They all have them, since they are trained and know people within the force, it is easier for them to move their product.

  5. @ 12:50 where do you think the police officers go when they are fired for having ties to organized crime? Hell, the cartels pay way better if you are only making $400.00 a month

    @ LB where are you getting the 900 number from? What does gunshots over the phone sound like?

  6. 'wanna play in the street ard'

    Brito, Monterrey is a total Hell Hole. You are so right. I'd rather play in the street in Mogadishu. Or Mexico City. Plus, the situation definitely must be crimping your native style in the bars of Monterrey.

  7. @BRITO

    De que colonia eres compa?

  8. to say that monterrey is becoming the new juarez as far as homicides and it's violent environment is an understatement but i still believe that 900 is just a number. there have been more homicides than 900 in monterrey not including missing persons. i believe juarez has almost double the amount of homicides this year. but i'm seeing a dangerous incline in violence from 2009 to 2011. in just two years the homicide ratio has tripled in monterrey. i see things getting much worse in the foreseeable future. very bad.

    juarez is a poor industrial border city. but monterrey is mexico's wealthiest city.

    i never thought that this would ever happen to monterrey. and the saddest thing is that this is only going to spread like cancer.


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