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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Mexican Marines Arrest Zetas Cartel Boss

A Los Zetas drug cartel boss and four associates were arrested by marines in Cadereyta, a city in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, the Navy Secretariat said.

Rigoberto Zamarripa Arispe, “presumably the No. 2 boss in the command of the Los Zetas criminal organization” in the area, was arrested as a result of an anonymous tip, the secretariat said.

The 36-year-old Zamarripa Arispe was arrested at a ranch in Cadereyta along with Juan Luis Martinez Perez, 54, and Juan Fidencio Perez Saucedo, 27.

Marines seized eight rifles that the suspects had buried on the property, four handguns, 48 ammunition clips, ammunition, a vehicle and communications equipment.

Jose Galvan Palacios, 43, and Ruben Nicanor Tijerina Garcia, 31, were arrested at a house in Cadereyta in a separate operation targeting members of the same Los Zetas cell.

Los Zetas, considered Mexico’s most violent drug cartel, mainly operates in Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, Coahuila and San Luis Potosi states.

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 went into the drug business on their own account and now control several lucrative territories.

Source: EFE


  1. Everyone knows that this guys is not even on the top 50 Zetas ja.That's why is sooo hard to wipe out the Zetas because they have so many recruits.And Because their cartel is in a different structure way different than the cds.How it looks the CDG is falling,CT are barley getting some control(not even tho),Zetas every time are getting bigger and Bigger,CDS allies every time are getting weaker...

    ATTE:Nuevo Laredo

  2. Totalmente de acuerdo 7:45pm la estructura ZETA en vez de debilitarse se hace mas complicada y poderosa.

  3. @7:45 the zetas are different but you have to admit their people make shitty money. you always hear how zeta gunmen get paid like 200 bucks a week or some sh*t. their gunmen are almost always caught sleeping in their moms hut and they dont have top level contacts like CDS or even Beltranes. they are the Payless of the drug cartels.

  4. what you get as a Zeta: Stolen truck, an AK or AR15, a nice pair of camouflage, a week supply of ramen noodles (thats all you need, thats your left expectancy now), and a nice hut to live in.. :/
    Because the org lacks structure it also lacks funds.. When you have to break into stores and steal food it means one thing. Stop what you are doing and get a real job. I am sure they also get paid with drugs, "el pase del did". Explains why a lot of Zeta bosses get caught with a high quantity of small dosages of drugs.
    Back in the 90s, Amado Carillo used to pay 5 to 10k per hit, now you can get one of these animals to do an unlimited amount of hits for 100 dollars a week and you don't have to pay him lol... Talk about saturating the market...

  5. Why does the media keep referring to Zetas as a "cartel" they are not a cartel. They should refer them as a gang that is what they are CARTEL ? yeah right!

  6. zeta may have alot of recruits now and stuff because they getting poeple outside Mexico but every person they capture tells them of places in Central America that they setting up a big file for one day attack them south of Mexico

    you heard it here first :P

    ~~~el spaceio~~~

  7. Just keep hacking on these criminal grunts,REMEMBER these people will steal,hijack,extort,kidnap,do anything to get money no limits. I wish legalizing drugs would make the army of criminals in Mexico go away,BUT I think it could easily make things worse, at first for sure.

  8. Yeah this guy was a second in command of the plaza boss in Cadereyta.


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