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Thursday, December 22, 2011

10 Gunslingers Killed in Mexico Shootouts

Mexican security forces killed 10 suspected drug cartel gunmen in clashes in the western state of Jalisco and the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, authorities said.

In the incident in Jalisco, police killed six gunmen in a shootout near that state’s border with Zacatecas, the Jalisco Public Safety Secretariat said in a statement Wednesday.

The clash occurred when members of the Jalisco state police force came under gunfire from at least 15 suspected members of the Los Zetas mob – a band of army special forces deserters turned hired guns and drug traffickers – while patrolling the Huitzila-Milpillas highway.

No state police officers were killed or wounded in the fighting, the statement said, adding that the security forces confiscated 10 firearms and armored vehicles.

The Los Zetas drug cartel is fighting a turf battle in Jalisco against the Sinaloa crime syndicate, which is headed by Mexico’s most-wanted drug kingpin, Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman, and operates in that state via an ally, the Jalisco Nueva Generacion cartel.

Elsewhere, four suspected cartel killers-for-hire were slain in a shootout with army soldiers in the northeastern town of Valle Hermoso, Tamaulipas state, the Defense Secretariat said Wednesday.

The soldiers, deployed to the area as part of a federal anti-drug strategy known as “Operation Northeast,” came under attack Tuesday by a group of armed individuals, the office of the commander of the 4th Military Region said.

The troops killed “four aggressors” in the clash and arrested 18 others, including four women, according to the secretariat, which said the soldiers also seized almost 50 automatic rifles, nearly 300 ammunition clips and thousands of rounds of ammunition.

The detainees, confiscated items and the bodies of the slain gunslingers were turned over the relevant authorities, the secretariat said.

The army is carrying out “Operation Northeast” in Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, Coahuila and San Luis Potosi states in an effort to weaken the drug cartels that operate in the region.

Source: EFE


  1. Could you please stop refering to the Zetas as " a band of special forces deserters " ? These fukheads are NOT special forces, they're a bunch of heartless, overweight thugs that specialize in killing women and children with weapons courtesy of the Obama dept. of Justice. The first Zetas were army deserters but most of them are -thankfully- dead by now.

  2. Don't glorify or romantacize these criminals by calling them "gunslingers". They have no code of honor; they murder defenseless civilians; they extort anyone weaker than they are. Worse than trash, they want to poison the world for drug$$$.

  3. This isn't Wild Bill Hickcock or whatever. This is now and the cartels are ruining Mexico with their brand of violence and poison from the inside out and have also been infiltrating the rest of the world. This is a threat so pervasive and negative that it need never be romanticized.

  4. Hey 8:22 AM

    Who provided them with the guns and training in the first place?

    Keep comments related to story at hand.

    A gunslinger is a gunfighter or gunmen. A good author uses these term because you relate them to old west movies. It keep you interested in reading his story. It worked.

    Go military! Yes los militares

  5. How many decades does this "war on drugs" have to go on before the people of the world realize it is a farce. As long as businesses and banks and governments can operate on the profits from illegal drug sales it will continue. Politicians will not decriminalize drugs as long as lobbyist for private jails and prisons are operating. The u.s. is an active participant in drug and weapon sales and smuggling. None of our politicians nor any of the department heads will be prosecuted. How many of the u.s.'s ATF,DHS,DEA,FBI,CIA,DOJ are prosecuted for their participation? More people die from "legally prescribed drugs" than our illegal drugs. What is wrong with this picture? When billions of dollars/pesos, etc. are involved and governments, banks, corporations are reaping the profits it will not stop.

  6. 11:10 am sorry to tell you but your wrong im not saying drugs are good but its economy the ones that made all this wrong are the zetas they started killing a extording people they dont get that money from drugs but from extording

  7. there has been something realy fishy going on in mexico_if you look at colombia the paramilitary groups where being funded by the cartels after escobar,(and by him and others when he was alive). the cartels also had deals going with the heads of farc_and the paras where allied with the goverments own military and police_some massacres would be commited by the paras and the military and blamed on the leftist guerillas etc. keeping the masses in chaos and displaced at key areas_ its a big dirty game going on but one day soon the people will know the truth to the bloody puzzle, and be free.

  8. DEC.23,2011 2:06AM- Well maybe u dont c as many of Chapos ppl getting arrested cuz really they r about making REAL MONEY and there not really out-there doin pity crimes like the Zetas, dont get me wrong thou the Zetas make money 2 in the drug business but most of them r crackheads extorting and robbing innocent ppl an CDS dont BS like that...

  9. Hey December 23, 2011 3:12 PM, the guys who killed Escobar and anyone around him were Los Pepes, forerunners of the AUC. Say what you will about the AUC they brought law and order to Colombia by inflicting massacres on their enemies. Exactly what needs to happen in places like Nuevo Laredo on the Zetas and their henchmen among the population. Then they bring tranquility and people can live in peace. In the AUC controlled areas of Colombia you could walk anywhere at night as long as you weren't a guerrilla, a sympathizer, a unionist or a leftist journalist.

  10. To the person who first posted his/her comment. FYI, the Sinaloa Cartel doesn't have a reputation of meddling, killing, extorting with innocent citizens unlike the Z's. What don't you understand??? Maybe now you know why people despise the shitty Z's. Mexico should start a public campaign to eliminate the Z's, offer rewards and gifts to people who denounce all them sons of bitches.

  11. The AUC was the worst terror group in Colombia's violent civil war. The areas they controlled were never quiet, nor safe. When I was in Barranquilla in 1992 the AUC was terrorizing the country, and has since been implicated in the massacres of entire indigenous villages, as well as the killing of priests and human rights workers.

    They murdered anyone who complained about their drug dealing and violent crimes, not unlike the Zetas in Mexico.

  12. How man more heads are needed for the zeta Christmas tree???

  13. Yeah:......good start :D

  14. Dude, it was the AUC who pacified Medellin around 2005-2006 and caused the murder rate to drop like a rock. Don Berna's men went into the barrios and told them they would be playing on his team or they would be dead. In Monteria, home of the AUC, you could and can walk around any time of the day or night without fear. True they did a lot of massacres but that was only to get everybody in line. Exactly what needs to happen in places like Nuevo Laredo - there needs to be a few massacres there by military to wipe out the Zetas and Zeta sympathizers. Then life can go back to normal.

  15. For BB readers who follow history to understand present circumstances, I would highly suggest watching the three part series, "No End In Sight".

    Part one found at:

    There are interesting parallelisms between the problems transpiring in Mexico over the past 4 years and what happened in Iraq years before.

    They have different political reasons, but the economic and social aspects of both situations have much in common.

  16. Lucky,s capture causes violence.

    Reacting to the arrest of Raul Lucio Hernandez Lechuga, aka El Lucky or Z-16, operator of Los Zetas in the state of Veracruz, there have been clashes and killings that, until now, are 22 people. Just yesterday there were at least 16 deaths.

    In the northern part of the state, on the border with Tamaulipas, official reports indicate that an armed group composed of five, randomly killed 11 people, seven of them on three buses carrying passengers, among which were two American women . Five more deaths, are suspected gunmen in a later raid.

    The Ministry of National Defense (SEDENA) reported that the early hours of yesterday in the town of El Higo, Veracruz, the armed group fired on three people who carried a vegetable truck. The victims were engaged in street trading, according to data collected for 24 hours. Shortly thereafter, the Department of Defense said, the same command threw a grenade at a man who lost his life and that, according to data compiled by this newspaper, it was the driver of a trailer.

    Defense explained in its statement that on the road to Tempoal, at the point called the Y, the commando killed two passengers on a bus, "continued on the same road to stop a second bus on fire that made firearm causing the death of four others.

    To check what happened, the driver of a third bus descended from his vehicle and was killed by criminals. " The spokeswoman for the government of Veracruz , Gina Maria Dominguez coli, explained that the bus came from Nuevo Leon and Tampico. Although the official number of dead people according to the government of Veracruz and the Defense(SEDENA) was 11, the mayors of Tantoyuca, Joaquín Guzmán Rosendo, and Tempoal, Sandra Malerva, said there were between 16 and 20 deaths. The Department of Defense said that the five attackers were killed. Staff of the Sixth Military Region, said in its statement, they received the information and moved to the site and met with armed military command to identify the "victims" and that "the military troops repelled the attack one soldier died at the scene along with five of the attackers and five rifles, 58 magazines and a vehicle were secured. " The state reports also indicate that , the van carrying the commando was seized, along with eight weapons and cell phones. Up to press time, the Veracruz Attorney's Office carried out the identification of those killed, to locate their families and travelers who were traveling in the buses came from Veracruz and other states, besides the two American women who visited the state of Hidalgo, where they were native.Authorities consulted by 24 HOURS pointed out that this is the first time in Veracruz that an armed group fired indiscriminately into citizens, so that it was considered an attack with the intention of creating terror and as a reaction to the Navy's operational allowed the capture of "Lucky" because it was one of the founding members of the Zetas and who operated in 10 states, including Veracruz.

    Other violence

  17. (Lucky's capture continue)

    other violence

    On the morning of Tuesday 20 December, eight days after the capture of La colonias 's Lucky 7 November in Jalapa, four young children allegedly died after being shot by the army, to ignore the  the military check point when traveling on Arroniz Joaquin Street, from November 7 colonia in the capital, near the dwelling unit Jardines de Xalapa.Regarding this neighbors say that the four young men were aboard a Toyota truck, color red which was secured and that the death of four young men came after a shootout between soldiers and suspected criminals, who also left a wounded soldier.

     Later, the military concentrated on one sector of the housing unit where they began a series of searches, implemented alongside a fence in the area for several streets and avenues that connect to the federal highway Jalapa, Veracruz, where traffic was halted vehicular. The next day, the morning of December 21, two unidentified men were killed during a shootout between armed groups, which lasted about 30 minutes, this in the streets adjacent to the White House Lomas and Infonavit Sumidero Drain on the Old Road, the capital of Veracruz.


  18. "El Indio" Falls , the alleged leader of Los Zetas in Veracruz

    Federal Police arrest Amado Guerrero Market, El Indio, alleged leader of the group Los Zetas in the north of Veracruz, where two days ago an armed group murdered 11 people and 10 bodies were found yesterday, officials said.

    The Public Security Secretariat (SSP) said in a federal statement that police on Friday arrested "El Indio" an ex-municipal police officer in several municipalities of Veracruz and now leading a cell of "Los Zetas."

    The ministry said that several kidnapping investigations allowed them to locate ​​"El Indio" covering the municipalities of Tlapacoyan, Martinez de la Torre, San Rafael, Vega de Alatorre, Tuxpan and Poza Rica, in that state.

    The SSP said the arrested head of a group responsible for kidnapping to extort money from traders and members of opposing groups and those who did not meet their financial demands.

    In early 2010, "El Indio" served as police officer in the cities of Poza Rica-Coatzintla-Tihuatlán, a position from which information and security provided to the criminal group, said the agency.

    In late 2010, after a restructuring of "Los Zetas", Mercado became one of the closest collaborators of Leonardo Vazquez, alias "El Pachis, group leader in Poza Rica, who was in charge of carrying out abductions, extortion, car theft and drug trafficking.

    On January 19, 2011 in a shootout with federal police killed "El Pachis" and "El Indio" took control of the municipalities of Poza Rica in the north of Veracruz.

    The SSP said that the detainee will be transferred to a prison in the state of Nayarit, Mexico's Pacific coast, to face various charges.

    In this area of ​​Veracruz, the Mexican police yesterday found the bodies of ten people, most of them beheaded, on Thursday, 11 were killed by an armed group of five alleged gunmen, who later died in a clash with the Army.



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