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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Gallery: The many faces of the drug war in Mexico

Posted on Borderland Beat Forum by Wenglenca

Mexicans experience another tumultuous year of violence and crime as Mexican forces battled several drug cartels. Mexico was able to arrest many of the main operatives in an increasingly violent and growing drug operation. Here is a selection of photos related to the war that has been waged against the cartels during the past five years.

In this May 16, 2011 file photo, the hand of a corpse hangs from a bed with a syringe that is being used by forensic experts at a makeshift morgue inside a refrigerated container as they try to identify hundreds of bodies found in mass clandestine graves in Durango, Mexico. Five years after President Felipe Calderon launched his assault on organized crime, about 45,000 troops have been deployed, plus several thousand more from the Navy infantry, or marines. More than 45,000 people have been killed by several counts, though the government stopped giving figures on drug war dead when they hit nearly 35,000 a year ago. Still, the flow of drugs continues unabated into the U.S. while arms and money flow into Mexico. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, File)

Alfredo Carmona alias "el Capi," alleged leader of the New Generation gang that dubs itself "Mata Zetas," or "Zetas Killers," front row left, and Aquiles Cruz, alleged operations leader of the Zetas drug cartel in Veracruz, front row right, stand with alleged members of the New Generation gang, left, and alleged members of the Zetas cartel, right, as they are presented to the press by the marines in Mexico City, Friday, Oct. 7, 2011. Marines arrested 12 alleged Zetas and eight members of the Jalisco New Generation drug gang on Thursday. The relatively new drug gang, New Generation, is responsible for killing at least 67 people whose bodies were found over the course of a couple of weeks in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, Mexican authorities said Friday. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

A grandmother uses her body as a shield to protect her grandchildren in Acapulco.  Police found more than 200 shell casings at the scene in the poor neighborhood.

2011 was a year in which discoveries of multiple mass graves called "Narcofosas". Mass Narcofosas were found in Tamaulipas, Durango, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Chihuahua and Sinaloa. In the photo is of a fosa in Durango.

Mexican Navy Marines take pictures of themselves during a ceremony presenting new military equipment, including the plane behind, for Mexico from the U.S., at the airport in Mexico City, Thursday Dec. 1, 2011. The equipment was handed over to Mexico as part a bilateral agreement known as the "Merida Initiative" to help fight against drug-trafficking and other security threats. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini) 
To view the complete VIVACOLORADO portfolio, link HERE, note; I added two photos not included in the portfolio


  1. God damm Mexicans Army and politics mexc-cant your not suppose to arrest the cartels members your not doing nothing but replacing them with more even hungry more ruthless other cartels members wannabes, you need to arrest the politicians mayors, governor, its hard to replace them, people close to the president, there the ones who wont bring back the death penalty and harder prison sentence for cartels members "Mexico needs to at least invest 1 BILLION in video surveillance, tracing, cell phone tracking technology, in America we have something that will completely fuck up an organizing or a cartel, its call Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act guarantee to take down the leadership of an organizing.

  2. A picture tells a 1000 words. Can't see 2011 as more peaceful in Mexico maybe if you died in 2010.

  3. I have said on other websites that the cartels were setting up manufacture of meth exactly like a drug company does it. By ordering the raw material from China and using trained chemists it will cut down on any poisoning of customers which keeps them in business and the addicts growing in number which is very good for them.

  4. They are killing people with poison and they're killing people with violence. Don't think they care about much besides the cash. Evil people.

  5. @ january 1,2012 3:52pm

    very good point, im with you bro. the mexican govt can stop them, they dont really want to. its hard to believe that they cant pass laws that alllow the govt to crack down harder on them.they mean to tell me that they cant ask the u.s for some high tech equipment to help them, or several highly trained u.s. commandos to help track leaders. fucking mexican govt is so corrupt.its so obvious.

  6. Offtopic:

    Los matazetas- branch of sinaloa?, I've read many blogs that supposedly they are beefing with CDS, is it true who knows some insider?

    La barredora, el commando del diablo, CIDA, are all the same and in varios you tube videos posted, it says they are B.L CARTEL and C.D.S enemies? Is there an allience between this fueded cartels(beltranes and sinaloas)? Is that why CJNG aka Mata Zetas are mad at CDS? Since the beltranes and nacho coronels people (cjng) are arch rivals?


  7. @ anon January 1, 2012 3:52 PM..."in America we have something that will completely fuck up an organizing or a cartel, its call Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act guarantee to take down the leadership of an organizing".You are obviously not aware of the California based Mexican Mafia,they've been hit with several Rico Indictments & it appears to just make them stronger.Do some research,read about it...The Black Hand by Chris Blatchford will give you some in-depth info.

  8. @10:12 AM There are posts all the time about Mexican Mafia and other gangs from prisons all the time on BB even today by BB reporter Chivis who never misses much. Thanks for the tip on The Black Hand by Chris Blatchford. I'll link you to it if possible otherwise it is posted Jan. 2 in the forum of Borderland Beat by Buela Chivis in South Texas/Steet gangs/

  9. Wow! I just saw these photos now. Thank you, Borderland Beat.

  10. @3:52

    How come no one speaks about this strategy? Because it is would never happen or could it?

  11. should report more on the inner war that is being fought amongst the rank & file of the EME...huge power struggle going on but it doesnt seem to slow them down a bit.

  12. That picture of the dead hand sticking out with the syringe stuck in it is creepy.

  13. Sorry Jan 2-6:26PM I just saw this.
    The only inner struggle I have heard of is the EME of texas but they are not of the EME, they are called Mexikanemi...right? is that what you are talking bout? Thats the inner struggle I know about. they often get confused with the mexican mafia.

    They are an interesting gang. they are into drug trafficking but prohibit drug use. You are right I should write a post on this gang and its possible alliance with mexican DTOs

  14. If you mean La Eme, they have those rules, but they are pretty much ALL heroin addict, or some kind of other drug, they pick all that up in prison, so it's not just sniffing coke, they usually shoot it or smoke it. They also are much more heavy into extortion and street taxes then actual trafficking.

    'The Black Hand' by Chris Blatchford is the most insightful material I've seen on MM.


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