Blog dedicated to reporting on Mexican drug cartels
on the border line between the US and Mexico

Friday, March 23, 2012

Guatemala; Using Mantas Zetas Warn Government to Back Off or Civilians Will Die

by Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

Narco-mantas (drug cartel blankets or banners) placed on display by organized crime groups has been a practice common in Mexico. Using bed sheets, poster board or canvas they are used by cartels to convey a message or threat, or audaciously displayed as a “Help Wanted” advertisement.   However this practice has been a rare occurrence in Guatemala.

That has begun to change as Los Zetas have taken control of large areas of Guatemala, none more important than Peten.  Peten is the department (province) the largest in size and is geographically situated along the northernmost border. This is the border it shares with Mexico, making the department critical for drug trafficking into Mexico, on its journey to the United States drug market.
According to the Guatemalan newspaper Prensa Libre, one of those mantas was left just outside a school in San Benito, Peten,  and were  signed by “Z200”  said to be a leader of the Los Zetas cartel in Guatemala.  The message warned the government  their pursuit of the cartel will result in deaths of civilians. 
The manta read:
(Translated into English)
"To all civil and military authorities and the population in general stop persecution of the race or we will start killing. We will throw grenades into discos and shopping centers in Petén ... because this is 'Z' territory we don't want a war against the government this is a warning. Z200”

In Spanish:
“A todas las autoridades sibiles i militares y poblasión en general parenles (... detengan la) persecucion contra la raza o empesaremos a matar vamos a lanzar granadas en discos y sentros comerciales en Petén (...) xq esto es territorio “Z” no queremos una guerra contra el govierno esto es una advertencia at Z200 (sic)”.

The manta caused anxiety and terror among the Guatemala citizens.  General consensus of the population believes the messages from the Zetas were in direct reaction to the arrest of Gustavo Adolfo Colindres Arreaga, 25, aka “El Rochoy”, allegedly the leader of the Zetas drug structure in Northern region of Guatemala.  Rochoy  was captured in the village of San Benito.  Rochoy is a Guatemala citizen.
Peten Governor Henry Amezquita told the press the appearance of the banner was the work of "criminal groups that want to destabilize," not specifically referring to Los Zetas, nonetheless  suggested the threat was "a reprisal" for the arrest  of Gustavo Colindres,  a purported Zetas boss.

At a press conference  Minister Mauricio López Bonilla stated  "Today  Gustavo Adolfo Colindres,was captured,  alias "Commander Rochoy”  as a result of searches for criminals  started on Saturday and weapons searches for 15 days".  Rochoy was air lifted to a maximum security prison.
Reported in Guatemalan media sources , Rochoy was formerly enlisted with the Kaibiles. Kaibiles are the special forces  wing of the Guatemalan Army.   In rejecting the reports the official said “there are no records that indicate that”.
In the week prior, the recent manta was preceded by multiple mantas being hung in Guatemala City, along the busiest of highways. 

The mantas in Guatemala City were of a friendlier tone, and praised the Guatemala president for his proposal to legalize drugs.  The message also noted their support for the crackdown of youth gangs known as “Maras”.   Mara Salvatrucha Central American Gangs arguably are the most violent in the world.  An astounding 73% of the population of Guatemala is under the age of 30. Of those a third are between the ages of 15-30, the age of  initiation age for the gang is 14.
Video is "10 Most Dangerous Gangs"

It is the Maras that are said to be responsible for much of the crime in the country.
One of the mantas read:
"Pérez and (Vice President Roxana) Baldetti, go through with legalizing drugs, and we support fighting the maras ... Zeta 200" and "A thousand thanks general Otto Pérez and Roxana Baldetti for legalizing drugs ... Zeta 200,"

The message was in reference to President Pérez Molina, who has been calling for an international discussion on drug legalization as a strategy for fighting drug traffickers.

It was last May in San Benito that Zetas conducted a mass slaughter of ranch workers resulting in 27 deaths. The ranch owner Otto Salguero was the target of the attackers but escaped the onslaught by being absent from the ranch at the time.  The criminals left a macabre message for Salguero written on the side of a building, using the blood of a victim’s leg.
Decapitated heads from the 27 victims

Zetas leave a message written with the blood of a victims leg

Two of  victims slaughtered by Zetas
President Otto Perez Molina has blamed the drug cartels for the  high levels of violence in Guatemala, a country of 14 million with a homicide rate of 52 per 100,000 inhabitants, over  triple the homicide rate of Mexico which is 15  according to UNDOC.
The Guatemalan president said that Los Zetas arrived in Guatemala  four years ago attempting   to "co-op" Guatemalan drug traffickers, this resulted in violent attacks  or death unleashed against those who rejected the offer.
Guatemalan authorities acknowledge that the Zetas have a large presence in the the country.El gobernante guatemalteco ha dicho que Los Zetas llegaron a Guatemala hace unos cuatro años para “cooptar” a narcotraficantes guatemaltecos y desataron violentos ataques contra quienes rechazaron su ofrecimiento.


  1. The friendley Mexicans are migrating to Guatemala??

  2. This may be looked upon with some consternation,but why is a huge number of those countries,black?At least 13 of those 20?I don't know,it just appeared so.

    1. Wow!? Really?! Black? Seriously?!

      Because the skin is dark does not mean they are black.

      Worldly you are NOT my friend.

    2. Hahahaha!!!!! That's right its black people. And the other guy who ask if mexicans are migrating to Guatemala the answer is yes. We are gonna take over the whole world soon!!! IGNORANT!!!!

  3. Terrorism anybody??????

    1. Its not terrorism because drug trafficking is involved and money.

    2. You are an idiot. Did you bother reading the narco manta ?
      "we will throw grenades into discos and shopping centers".

      I think anyone with common sense can tell you that the above would be an act of terrorism.

  4. Things will never get any better by "playin by the rules" WHO'S GONNA POINT THE FINGER AT GUATEMALA......KILL EM ALL!!!!

  5. WOW...There goes the neighborhood.Hey Guatemala its not like you brought much to the table before the z"s got's your time to shine

  6. I think they should let the Zetas killed the Maras and then killed the Zetas.

  7. Hay tan las putadaz de las zorras con sus clasicas llorikiadas amenasando a la poblacion solo Asi pueden los mugrozoz atorele putos con los militares no q las fuerzas especiales ztas

  8. march 23 @10:28PM

    Mexico does not want these acts to be branded as terrorism. The US does not categorize the acts as that of terrorism, and no other government does either.

    To simplify the answer of why, lands on a part of the US Code defining terrorism:

    "the term “terrorism” means premeditated, POLITICALLY motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups..."

    Mexico would not want the label as that could give grounds for the US to intervene.
    I know they are terrorists, you know they are terrorists, but in the strict sense they are not.

    There should be an addendum to provide for DTO and TOC terrorists.

    But let’s look at other points of the lawful definition, I mean at some point should not majority rule?

    The term “international terrorism” means activities that— involve violent acts or acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State, or that would be a criminal violation if committed within the jurisdiction of the United States or of any State.

    Appear to be intended— to intimidate or coerce a civilian population;

    To influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion;

    To affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and
    occur primarily outside the territorial jurisdiction of the United States, or transcend national boundaries in terms of the means by which they are accomplished, the persons they appear intended to intimidate or coerce, or the locale in which their perpetrators operate or seek asylum…Paz, Chivis

  9. BTW:
    Republicans are trying to fix the loophole:

    Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.) introduced H.R. 3401 the “Enhanced Border Security Act” on Nov. 9 to secure the U.S.-Mexico border, stop criminal access to U.S. financial institutions, and work with Mexico to implement counterinsurgency tactics to undermine the control of the drug cartels in the country.

    You can tack it here:

  10. The "DRUG WAR" has created a monster that is out of control and growing stronger every day.

    The drug war "FEEDS" the monster.

  11. Legalising drugs is not the way to go.
    As long as there are drug lords, they'll fight each other over turf.
    And innocent people will be hurt.
    And sooner, rather than later, they will take over the country.

  12. Chivis,I'm surprised you know about that.The bill wont pass.The secretary of state would have to get the information from the attorney we know where this is going.


  14. The US state dept.reports that 96 percent of all crime in Gaatemala goes unpunished.what drug cartel would not want to srt up camp in that shithole? This is a perfect opportunity to wipe out all the players on Guatemalen soil...The only thing that country has to offer is it's land to breed drugs,violence and pollute the planet...


  16. "Chivis,I'm surprised you know about that.The bill wont pass.The secretary of state would have to get the information from the attorney we know where this is going.
    March 24, 2012 7:36 AM"

    jaja...not sure how to take that! I am an American my interest by far are of my country 2nd country second.

    However, you are correct it has no chance of passing, I wanted readers to check it out themselves.

    I do think pressure must mountbefore a bill can actually pass. and that can only occur if US citizens gain knowledge of what is happening in Mexico

    ...Paz, Chivis

  17. @ March 24, 2012 1:25 PM
    Your a f***ing closeminded idiot and racist on top of that. Too bad its not your head on that ranch.

  18. Chivis,(off the record please)It was your profile that threw me off..and your wide range of inside knowledge of the drug war in mexico.To know so much about amereican politics{connie mack) and cover the drug war is impressive.Your work is very important and appreciated...thanks

  19. Criminals killing other criminals who gives a fuuuuuuuuuuuuck

  20. March 24, 2012 10:44 PM
    March 23, 2012 8:15 PM
    Hysterical motherfuckers on here,facts get stated,from the posted story,and bitches start yelling"racist,racist"?You wouldn't happen to be liberal sad sacks,would you?Where the fuck are the racist comments?Its people like you,who are responsible for political correctness.
    Fuckin cowards.

  21. It's a no brainer why a faction of the Zetas have decided to migrate to Guatamala! The country is dirt ass poor with very limited resources to fight a large organized criminal element, such as the Zetas! And I got news for you...legalizing drugs in Guatamala won't change shit or the conditions there. Such a proposal only benefits the Zetas and proof of that is the fact the Zetas approve of the proposal. Regardless of how bad it a gov't you don't negotiate with organized crime or make deals because then it will be the Zetas, who will be running the Gov't. The answer lies in zero tolerance and strict enforcement of the law...As indicated in the article the Guatamalan gov't already is aware of the areas the Zetas gotta move fast and hard and the "legal-due process" will have to take a backseat!

  22. I guess Guatemala will become like mexico: president vs. drug cartels, and who pays for the wars?? civilians...... Fuck you Mr. President and Fuck you too Mrs. VicePresident


Comments are moderated, refer to policy for more information.
Envía fotos, vídeos, notas, enlaces o información
Todo 100% Anónimo;