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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Deadly deal: Osio Cardenas' Plea Deal Cuased Zeta/CDG Split and Years of Bloodshed Reaching All The Way to Southlake

Posted by DD  Republished from Dallas Morning News

By Alfredo Corchado and Kevin Krause

A plea agreement between a Mexican drug kingpin and the U.S. government helped generate a violent split between two drug cartels that led to the deaths of thousands of people in Mexico and along the Texas border, a Dallas Morning News investigation has found.

The News’ investigation of the deal between Gulf cartel leader Osiel Cárdenas Guillén and the U.S. is based on hundreds of confidential government records, interviews with U.S. and Mexico law enforcement officials, confidential informants and former members of the Gulf cartel and the Zetas, its former enforcement and paramilitary arm.   It provides a rare view of the strategy and tactics used in the drug war on both sides of the border, as well as the operations and shifting dynamics within cartels.
In July 2009, Cárdenas agreed to plead guilty in federal court to drug dealing, money launderingand attempted murder of U.S. agents. As part of the deal, which was sealed at the time, he promised to turn over $50 million. He received a relatively light prison sentence of 25 years in early 2010.

Details of the forfeiture have not been reported until now. The News’ key findings:


**A longtime attorney and confidant of Cárdenas oversaw the collection and transfer of assets. Juan Jesús Guerrero Chapa also provided a wealth of intelligence to the U.S. government on behalf of Cárdenas over several years while allegedly continuing his involvement in the drug trade. Guerrero Chapa was tracked down and murdered in 2013 by a masked gunman as he shopped with his wife in the quiet Dallas suburb of Southlake, where he owned a home.

**A trial for two of three men allegedly involved in his killing is set for April 25. A defense attorney for one of the defendants claimed in court papers filed recently that Guerrero Chapa was the “de facto head” of the Gulf cartel who continued his “association with criminal enterprises” until his death.
The forfeited $50 million involved not only cash, but also ranches and aircraft. Much of the cash was extracted from underground bunkers in Mexico and carried across the border in the trunk of a car in 2008 and 2009.

** The Zetas thought that the transfers would win Cárdenas an early release. Cárdenas had created the Zetas from former members of an elite unit of the Mexican military. Tensions had escalated between the Gulf cartel and the Zetas after Cárdenas’ arrest, and the Zetas had developed into a full-fledged cartel by the time of his sentencing. When the group discovered that he had been providing intelligence to the U.S., they declared war against the Gulf cartel over the betrayal.

The war triggered an explosion of drug-related violence in parts of Mexico and along the Texas border, according to U.S. officials with knowledge of the deal.

“The Zetas split is really the first of a series of schisms and fractures in the major cartels’ organizations that leads to the incredibly prolific violence that we see from 2008 to 2011,” said David Shirk, principal investigator at the University of San Diego’s Justice in Mexico Project. “It’s really the beginning of the cartel wars. … The last decade has been Mexico’s Vietnam, only it’s happening at home, right down the street, rather than televised from across an ocean.”

Through a spokesman, the U.S. Department of Justice declined to answer several emailed questions from The News regarding the deal and Guerrero Chapa’s involvement. The U.S. attorneys in Dallas and Houston also declined.

Estimates of the number of people killed in drug violence nationwide range from 80,000, according to the Justice in Mexico Project, to 150,000, according to the Brookings Institution, during the 2006-12 administration of Mexican President Felipe Calderón. The Mexican government has also reported that more than 26,000 people disappeared, but some independent estimates are much higher. Some of the worst violence was along the Texas border.

Innocents were regularly caught in the spreading chaos:

**In August 2010, 72 people, mostly Central American immigrants, were abducted from a bus and massacred in Tamaulipas state.
 **More than 300 residents in Coahuila state disappeared in early 2011, an incident blamed on the Zetas.
**A casino fire set by the Zetas killed 52 people, including women and elderly, in Monterrey in August 2011.

U.S. law enforcement officials are deeply divided about their role in the Cárdenas case. On the one hand, some say, the plea deal provided a vast amount of intelligence, which weakened both the Gulf cartel and the Zetas. Others express regret about the unintended effect that U.S. intervention had on ordinary Mexicans.

“We all thought we were doing the right thing, but truth is we didn’t fully anticipate the violence, and that’s on us,” said a federal agent who was not authorized to speak publicly. “We didn’t understand the dynamics on the ground ... and many people died, including innocents.”

The dead included U.S. federal agent Jaime Zapata, who was ambushed by the Zetas a year after the Cárdenas plea deal. While he and his partner, Víctor Avila, were on a covert mission in central Mexico, their armored SUV with diplomatic plates was forced off the road. Zapata, shot six times, bled to death. Avila was shot twice but survived.

Four defendants have pleaded guilty to charges of murder and attempted murder and are awaiting sentencing.

Avila and his lawyer believe that because they pleaded guilty and are possibly cooperating with the U.S., they will likely not face the maximum prison sentence.

“It is disgusting,” said Avila, who retired in 2015 after 16 years as a federal agent. “You don’t cut deals with murderers, especially with those who threatened or in this case killed a U.S. federal agent.”
Avila acknowledges the value of plea agreements, but hasn’t come to terms with their price.

“There was some positive impact in the sense that some Zetas are in jail, others killed,” Avila said. “The organizations have been disrupted or half-disrupted, the violence appears to have fallen, but at what price? So many innocents killed, and at the price of a U.S. federal agent’s life?”
Former U.S. agent Victor Avila recalls encounter with Zetas gunmen who killed his partner

Video: Angela Kocherga

The imprisoned kingpin

Cárdenas’ path to brutal drug kingpin had humble beginnings. A onetime car mechanic and policeman, he rose through the ranks of the Gulf cartel by helping the organization’s boss, Juan García Ábrego. After García Ábrego was arrested in 1996, Cárdenas eventually took control of the cartel. His ascent to power included killing a friend, which earned him the nickname “El Mata Amigos” or The Friend Killer.

In May 1999, Cárdenas threatened to kill a Cameron County sheriff’s deputy working undercover. That same year, a Drug Enforcement Administration agent and an FBI agent who crossed into Mexico to talk to an informant were threatened at gunpoint by Cárdenas and his gang.

Cárdenas wanted them to hand over the informant. They reminded Cárdenas that the last time a U.S agent was killed in Mexico — DEA agent Enrique Camarena in 1985 — the U.S. government pursued the case until most of those involved were arrested or killed. Cárdenas relented but warned the agents not to return.

After the standoff, he hid at Guerrero Chapa’s private ranch in Nuevo León, according to a former top Cárdenas lieutenant. But the U.S. pressure was relentless.

In 2003, Cárdenas was arrested by the Mexican military in Matamoros, his hometown. At the time, the U.S. government considered Cárdenas one of the most notorious and violent drug traffickers in the world. His criminal organization was responsible for what U.S. agents have called bloodbaths along the Mexican border in which thousands were killed.

From a Mexican prison, Cárdenas ran his drug empire largely through Guerrero Chapa. He also provided limited operational secrets to the U.S. government about Gulf cartel members and rival cartel figures. The scope of those secrets would widen.

In 2007, just weeks after Calderón was sworn into office as president, Cárdenas was extradited to the United States, a move hailed as a sign of exemplary binational cooperation.

Osiel Cárdenas Guillén, head of the Gulf cartel, was extradited to the U.S. in 2007. He considered fighting drug and conspiracy charges, but his attorneys advised him to cooperate — and he did, agreeing to turn over $50 million and giving agents the names of numerous smugglers. (Office of the Attorney General of Mexico)
Initially, Cárdenas considered fighting the U.S. drug and conspiracy charges, according to two former associates. But his legal team reminded him that the last Mexican capo to do so, his predecessor, García Ábrego, lost the court battle and was imprisoned for 11 consecutive life terms and forced to turn over millions in illegal proceeds. The best strategy was to cooperate, they counseled.

Two of the four Cárdenas attorneys, Roberto J. Yzaguirre and Chip Lewis, declined to comment for this story. The other two, Crispin Quintanilla and Michael Ramsey, did not return calls seeking comment.

Once in U.S. custody, Cárdenas began cooperating more freely with U.S. agents, a senior U.S. official said. He gave up operational details, including the names of smugglers who oversaw the movement of drugs from Colombia to Mexico and into South Texas, Houston, Dallas and Atlanta.

An informant’s value

Guerrero Chapa hailed from the town of China in Nuevo León, but little is known about his early life. He came to the attention of U.S. agents around 2000, according to federal investigative documents obtained by The News.

By 2001, U.S. intelligence reports described Guerrero Chapa as a “key individual” in the Gulf cartel and cited an informant who speculated that his recent trips to Mexico City were to bribe government officials there. The reports refer to Guerrero Chapa as being “intimately involved in drug trafficking with the Gulf cartel.”

The earliest mention of Guerrero Chapa as an apparent U.S. informant — in the documents obtained by The News — was in 2008, the year after his boss was extradited to the U.S.

It’s unlikely that Guerrero Chapa became a snitch behind Cárdenas’ back, the former Gulf cartel lieutenant said. Rather, cooperating with U.S. authorities was likely part of Cárdenas’ strategy to plant a trusted ally inside to gain the latest intelligence.

Since 2008, U.S. policy had revolved around the Mérida Initiative, a $2.3 billion plan created under the George W. Bush administration. Its purpose was to help Mexico confront threats to its national security, in part through promoting judicial reform and providing military equipment and intelligence support.

An army of Mexican informants emerged, with secret access to some of that country’s most powerful and dangerous criminal organizations.

Few were as valuable as Guerrero Chapa, an influential deal maker who had contacts within the Gulf cartel as well as the Mexican military and media.

“Guerrero Chapa is one of the most key individuals in the Gulf Drug Cartel who has contact with the highest-level of drug traffickers in Mexico,” according to a 2001 confidential government document obtained by The News.

Documents obtained by The News show that Guerrero Chapa:

**Aided the Mexican military with plans to capture cartel figures.

**Helped negotiate hostage releases and truces between rival cartels.
**Mediated disputes among gangsters, including “cocaine payment issues” and a fight over more than 500 acres of beachfront property in Tampico.

Guerrero Chapa also proved valuable intelligence to U.S. authorities seeking to infiltrate Mexico’s most powerful cartel. He gave up the whereabouts of certain cartel figures. He provided names of corrupt Mexican politicians as well as names, phone numbers and assets of various cartel lieutenants.

After Cárdenas made his plea deal with the U.S. government, Guerrero Chapa was tasked with his biggest job. At the direction of his U.S. handlers and Cárdenas, he set to out collect millions from the Zetas and the Gulf cartel in 2008 and 2009, according to federal government documents.

Documents show that Guerrero Chapa repeatedly leaned on high-ranking Zetas and Gulf cartel members to contribute money for the forfeiture. Some of the funds came from Cárdenas’ private stash.

While in power, Cárdenas had feared that the U.S. government could take his money, so he mostly avoided U.S. banks, stashing the money beneath private homes and at ranches.

Guerrero Chapa gathered the money for the transfers from at least nine underground bunkers at homes in Tamaulipas and Nuevo León.

Many of the cash exchanges occurred near the International Bridge that connects Reynosa to McAllen. Guerrero Chapa would drive north to the Mexican border town, his car loaded with suitcases stuffed with cash. U.S. law enforcement agents would take the money, sometimes barely checking it, and quickly return to the U.S., according to people familiar with the transactions.

Many of the cash exchanges for the Osiel Cárdenas Guillén forfeiture occurred near the International Bridge that spans the Rio Grande and connects McAllen (at bottom) to Reynosa (at top). Juan Jesús Guerrero Chapa, the Gulf cartel lawyer, handed over suitcases of money to U.S. law enforcement agents. (Nathan Lambrecht/Special Contributor)

Ranches and aircraft also were sold to raise money for the U.S. forfeiture, documents show.
Guerrero Chapa coordinated the surrender of three Bell helicopters and one Cessna airplane to U.S. authorities, according to DEA documents. The aircraft were flown to Canada and stored in a hangar north of Vancouver, according to documents obtained by The News.

While cooperating with the U.S. government, Cárdenas continued communicating with Gulf cartel and Zetas leaders through Guerrero Chapa, even promising to name one of them his successor, according to a former U.S. agent and a current U.S. agent knowledgeable about cartel intelligence matters.

For Zetas, doubts emerge

Even before the plea deal and the forfeiture, the Zetas leaders had developed doubts about Guerrero Chapa and his boss.

The Zetas had begun running their own drug loads. And mutual distrust and infighting had strained relations between the two organizations.

At one 2009 meeting, the Zetas’ top leader, Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, took Guerrero Chapa aside to tell him he “had his suspicions that he was being set up” by Cárdenas, according to a DEA report as well as a former Gulf cartel leader who worked as one of Cárdenas’ financial administrators.
Lazcano Lazcano said he had a contact inside the DEA who told him that Cárdenas was “negotiating with the U.S. government by providing information on him,” the report said. Guerrero Chapa told Lazcano Lazcano he was “way off base.”

Lazcano Lazcano warned Guerrero Chapa that if he were ever captured, “then an internal war would begin between the Zetas and the Gulf Cartel, which the Gulf Cartel could not win,” according to a DEA report.
Jorge Eduardo “El Coss” Costilla Sánchez Former head of the Gulf cartel who took over control of the organization along with Cárdenas’ brother, Antonio, when Cárdenas was captured in 2003. The Mexican marines arrested Costilla Sánchez in 2012. He was extradited to the U.S. in September 2015 to face trial on dozens of charges related to the importation of cocaine and marijuana into the U.S.
Lazcano Lazcano also told him that the Zetas leader’s near-arrest by the Mexican military in San Luis
Potosí shortly after speaking with the new Gulf cartel leader, Jorge Eduardo “El Coss” Costilla Sánchez, was “very suspicious,” the DEA report says.

Lazcano Lazcano said he hid in “the brush” for three days and later confirmed through his DEA contact that the U.S. government was tracking his phone, according to the report.

“At the conclusion of the meeting, however, Lazcano Lazcano did agree to turn over $10 million to Guerrero Chapa, in eight days, to assist,” the report said.
Secret sentencing

In 2010, a federal judge in Houston sentenced Cárdenas to 25 years in prison, far fewer than other drug kingpins got for comparable crimes. In all, 12 of the 17 counts were dismissed as part of the agreement.

On the day of his sentencing, Cárdenas appeared unusually meek, according to law enforcement officials at the hearing. The sentencing took place behind locked doors and before U.S. District Judge Hilda G. Tagle.

Only Cárdenas’ wife and daughter and a handful of federal agents were present, along with four lawyers.

Judges often seal documents in drug and terrorism cases to protect informants and ongoing investigations. But closing a sentencing hearing for security reasons is highly unusual. The government argued that it was necessary due to the possibility of an attack on the courthouse if it were known that Cárdenas was there.

Tagle ruled that failing to close the hearing to the public would “result in a substantial probability that the lives and safety of persons will be placed in danger and that ongoing investigations will be jeopardized.”
Jesus Enrique Reton Aguilar AKA "Mamito". Former Zetas leader and bodyguard of Cárdenas. Rejón Aguilar was arrested in 2011 in Mexico City and extradited to the U.S. in 2012 for prosecution in federal court in Washington, D.C. The case remains active.

A high-ranking original member of the Zetas, Jesús Enrique Rejón Aguilar, would later testify in a different case that the Zetas were loyal to Cárdenas until February 2010, when the plea deal was revealed at his sentencing.

Aguilar, a former Mexican police officer, said the $50 million the Zetas provided was “for him [Cárdenas] to use in the United States to lower his sentence.”

The Zetas hadn’t imagined Cárdenas would also provide information that would help the U.S. government disrupt their business operations.

Asset forfeiture is not supposed to influence a defendant’s punishment. But when details of Cardenas’ forfeiture were discussed in court during Aguilar’s case, a federal judge questioned whether there was such a link.

U.S. District Judge Barbara J. Rothstein, the judge in the Aguilar case, asked about the Cárdenas forfeiture and Aguilar’s claim that the money was sent to help reduce Cardenas’ sentence, according to court records.

“Are we going to let that stay just the way it is on the record?” she asked.
Rothstein asked the prosecutor if he knew that to be true. He said he did not.
“It leaves a certain implication that one would like to have cleared up,” Rothstein said. “I hope that wasn’t the case.”

On paper, the forfeiture was $50 million. But Cárdenas actually forked over tens of millions more, a large chunk of his total net worth, estimated at $1.1 billion, according to a former Gulf cartel lieutenant.
Cárdenas, locked up in Colorado, will be 68 when his prison term ends in 2035.

Plea deals defended

After the sentencing, the Zetas formally split from the Gulf cartel, a move that sparked one of the bloodiest periods in Mexico’s drug violence. Among the casualties: migrants from Mexico and Latin America. In 2010, Mexican authorities discovered the bodies of 72 migrants killed by the Zetas, who apparently suspected them of being recruits for the Gulf cartel.

Months later, the Zetas intercepted several more buses with migrants on board and kidnapped some, turning some into hitmen and executing 193 at a ranch near San Fernando.

Weeks after the casino fire in Monterrey killed 52 in August 2011, authorities discovered 49 decapitated bodies along a highway.

Relatives and friends grieved for one of 72 people, mostly Central American migrants, whom the Zetas abducted from a bus and massacred in 2010 in Tamaulipas state. (File Photo/The Associated Press)
A fire set by the Zetas in August 2011 at Casino Royale in Monterrey, Mexico, killed 52 people. Weeks later, 49 decapitated bodies were found along a highway. (File Photo/Agence France-Presse)
“You have internal fights; you have power grabs between organizations and within organizations,” said Arturo Sarukhan, a former Mexican ambassador to the U.S. “The consequence is violence and more violence because new leadership seeks to assert itself, and it is fighting for control of those organizations.”

Some U.S. officials defend the U.S. approach to battling cartels and deny that it heightened bloodshed. They blame Mexico’s corruption and weak rule of law and say that the mayhem would have been even worse if the U.S. hadn’t assisted its armed forces.

They also defend plea deals, asset forfeitures and informants as a necessary evil in dismantling cartels and investigating organized crime in general.

“Sure you can criticize the approach; it’s not without its shortcomings,” said Tony Garza, U.S. ambassador to Mexico from 2002 to 2009. “But don’t you think if there was a perfect way of taking these groups out, it would have been tried? As long as Mexico’s rule of law is weak, that cycle is going to repeat itself.”

Arturo Fontes, a former FBI agent who had a key role in carrying out U.S. anti-drug strategy in the Laredo area, put it this way: “These organizations, Zetas and the Gulf cartel, would have taken several years to disrupt, but when a cartel is divided, fighting against each other, that helps the governments come in and pick up the scraps. … Our strategy was simple: divide and conquer.”

But some experts question whether a plea agreement for such a notorious drug kingpin is good policy.
“A reduced sentence for someone like Osiel [Cárdenas], who contributed to the deaths of hundreds if not thousands of people, may not be worth it,” said Eric Olson, a specialist on organized crime at the Washington, D.C.-based Woodrow Wilson Center.

Olson said U.S. prosecutors don’t take into account the rights of victims in other countries. A U.S. prosecutor, for example, might agree to a reduced sentence for a drug trafficker involved in the deaths of many Mexicans to get information about a drug ring in Dallas, Olson said.
“Is this fair to the Mexican victims? Probably not, but the system isn’t set up to take that into account,” he said.

Mexico’s strategy, with backing from the U.S., has been to target the cartels by killing or arresting the top leaders, an approach that experts say has contributed to the climate of lawlessness and violence. This same approach, sometimes referred to as the kingpin strategy, brought down the mafia in the U.S. in the 1960s and drug cartels in Colombia in the 1990s, experts say. But it comes with a price.

“The flaw in the kingpin strategy is that at the end of the day you’re only creating vacuums, and when that happens, all and any vacuums inevitably get filled,” said Sarukhan, the former Mexican ambassador.
Garza, the former U.S. ambassador, conceded that the approach could be messy.

“Look, every time you take out a kingpin you create a void, a moment when succession and control of the ‘plaza’ are in play,” he said. “And that means there will be blood, and often lots of it, but what’s the alternative? Casting your lot with the kingpins?”

Today, violence in some parts of Mexico has ebbed, though cities like Reynosa and Nuevo Laredo remain largely under the control of the Zetas and remnants of the Gulf cartel.
Defeating the cartels, however, has proved elusive. Regions of Mexico remain gripped by fear and violence, as the number of criminal groups has skyrocketed from about five major cartels in the mid-2000s to an estimated 80 smaller criminal groups today, according to Mexico’s attorney general’s office. And the killings continue, with dozens reported in recent weeks along the Tamaulipas-Texas border.

Even in regions where the violence has ebbed, new threats have emerged. The conflict today isn’t just about illicit drugs, but also extortion rackets, kidnappings, migrant smuggling and piracy. Criminal groups now routinely tap gasoline pipelines and intercept fuel trucks, siphoning off millions of dollars in stolen gasoline each year.

A hit in Southlake

Guerrero Chapa allegedly was allowed to move large quantities of drugs from Mexico to the U.S. while under the watchful eye of his U.S. handlers — all while keeping a low profile at his new home in Southlake, according to confidential court documents.

A 2011 DEA report summarized information from a confidential source about Guerrero Chapa’s alleged drug activities.

“An individual identified as Juan Guerrero Chapa assists ... with the transportation of cocaine from Mexico to the United States,” the report said. “Also, Guerrero Chapa works with a group of individuals identified as Los Barretas,” based in Reynosa, who smuggle “large quantities of marijuana and cocaine” to the U.S.

Around that time, Guerrero Chapa purchased a $1.2 million Southlake mansion under an alias. The sellers were paid in cash.

Shortly before 7 p.m. on May 22, 2013, Guerrero Chapa and his wife were finishing a shopping trip at Southlake’s Town Square. As she put their bags in their Range Rover, a white Toyota Sequoia pulled up behind them. A masked gunman stepped out, walked over to the passenger side of their SUV where Guerrero Chapa sat, and shot him multiple times with a 9 mm pistol.

Body of Chapa laying across front seat.  Apparently tried to escape his assassin.

A cellphone video taken by a passer-by moments after the attack captures the horror. Guerrero Chapa’s wife screams in disbelief as her husband lies across the front seats in an apparent attempt to escape the gunfire.

Three Mexican citizens were arrested more than a year later and charged with interstate stalking resulting in death and aiding and abetting in the murder.

Jesús Gerardo Ledezma Cepeda and his son, Jesús Gerardo Ledezma Campano Jr., 32, were arrested in McAllen, officials said. Ledezma Cepeda’s cousin, José Luis Cepeda Cortes, 59, a legal U.S. resident with a green card, was arrested at his Edinburg home. Ledezma Cepeda and Cepeda Cortes are scheduled to go to trial April 25 in Fort Worth.

The men made several trips across the border to North Texas to stalk Guerrero Chapa while staying in a rented Grapevine apartment, officials said. They used at least eight rented and purchased cars. A camera set up in Guerrero Chapa’s neighborhood captured him driving his Range Rover, which also had a tracking device attached underneath. And cameras were aimed at his home.
The killers have not been apprehended or publicly identified. 

Editor’s note
The News reviewed hundreds of confidential law enforcement records in the reporting of this story. We also interviewed former and current U.S. and Mexican law enforcement and government officials. In addition, we spoke with confidential informants and former members of the Gulf cartel and Zetas, including two high-level associates of Osiel Cárdenas Guillén.


  1. Is that $50,000,000 going to be used to compensate the families of the innocent people that lost their lives due to the reckless behavior of the U.S. drug agents? What did that money get used for? Is their a lawyer in the house?

    1. Someone said before osiel paid 250 million in fines and pled guilty to his charges for 25 years.
      --'Suppossably' setas and golfas split because the golfas killed the Concord and would not deliver the killer.
      --all the innocent people murdered like the San fernando, the casino, the bus passengers, and others, had no millions of dollars to steal from them...
      --all the people forced out of their homes and property, only produced depopulation, something not needed to cross drugs to the US...
      --this report makes no mention of american or mexican golfas or setas associated criminals that work with the cartels on the NE mexico and texas, only blames "the cartels" the golfas, the setas for it all...
      --in spite of all the cartel "degrading and decommissionings", crime all over mexico has not 'subsided', it is being more openly 'subsidized' by the mexican government with Merida funds too, obtained from "catching a couple of CIA PLANES", loaded with close to 19 tons of cocaine in "operation Mayan jaguar"...
      --it also became widely known that shale oil fields that needed a lot of land and water needed the area free of people in mexico and texas, and whole mexican rivers are being diverted to monterrey to help the effort...
      --the mexican government has been in the middle of all the drug trafficking and cartel wars since they kidnapped and murdered don eugenics garza sad to get him out of televisa vs way and blamed the Liga Comunista 23 de septiembre for it, with the family of carlos salinas de gortari trafficking tv's into mexico for cocaine, and many associates in laredo banks, the Houston azcarragas, before they even tried their first line of cocaine...
      --there was Pablo Escobar trafficking electrodomestics for his GRIFA tombstones before the mexicans got into the same line of "work" and before the cocaine business fell on his lap too...
      --There was "colombianization" of drug trafficking in mexico before the cartels split and got into BALKAN STYLED warring between "cartels" aka different businessmen and politicians paramilitary drug trafficking "autodefensas" like Alvaro Uribe de Colombia and his "AUC", he could not help putting his initials on his magna "opera" like the CIA on "La compañia" de lazcano, LBJ ON lady bird Johnson or some Zapata fan on his Zeta enterprises or 'arbustos' on their mazetas...
      --too many facking copy cats, can't get away with it...
      --Cartels= pellejos pal gato, let's get some hippopotamus sized ass...

    2. 7:36-not in another country.

  2. I think the name is Osiel not Osio.....

  3. Nice article but history has shown these alliances never last. Deal or no deal, those deaths were likely to happen. One thing not mentioned that always cause numerous deaths is when you put a bunch of idiots out there with guns and greed in their system, that too causes this. These groups form alliances all the time according to your past post. None of which remains and no deals with the US government caused those splinters. It was greed. Also the Zetas were tired being the under dogs but the strength behind the success. That is truly why they split.

    1. I read the other story about the killing might be revenge from the son over his father's death 15 years previous but I'm starting to wonder if they suspecting him of being an informant or someone mentioned he was stealing Gulf money or maybe someone wanted to take over his business that had all the contacts.Guess we will have to wait for the trial or could be anyone of those scenarios or more.

    2. The mexican police hungering for revenge over his murdered daddy may be an invention too, these matthaphakkkas seem to have more stories ready than Heister Sozse, wa's his name?
      --Years from now we may even find that the police officers conducting the arrests and interrogations were the real killers of el Siñor Licensiado Guerrero Chapas, damint, where are televisa scriptwriters when da' police needs them?

  4. DD, heads up massive blood shed going on right now in Acapulco! Shootout between police and sicarios. 1 body in Zocalo, Bus station Alba suites 30 minutes ago. . social networks lit up advising not to go out! I will keep you updated.

  5. DD here is a link. A video was posted 30 minutes ago of the shoot out.


  6. Vidio link

  7. The second video to the right has a gun battle going on

  8. Tourist and locals abandoned their cars on the Costera and ran inside buildings for shelter. This is bad. ----Gringo Loco

  9. According to the news in Acapulco it was only one death, social media is saying something else.

  10. According to social media site: Solo Acapulco; schools in Acapulco will be closed tomorrow due to this situation. Please verify.

  11. Some friends of ours that own small Businesses in Acapulco received letters last week stating that they should close at 6 P.M.. And don't go out after 9 P.M. It stated that they were going to clean up the extortionists. no one believed the letters. I guess they are cleaning it up. Maybe we will get better facts in the next couple days.

  12. Powers to be are taking down the photos and closing the blog Lo Real
    De Guerrero. We tried to save photos..

  13. So I thought CDG and zetas split was cuz metro 3 killed el concord 3.. Now they saying cuz osiel cooperated with the US

  14. Their was a big military/police convoy to the airport. A good source witnessed the convoy.who knows who was in it.Rumor has it that it was the Mayor. also They grabbed plaza Boss "El Buro" plaza boss de Independente de Acapulco Two? days ago. I am relaying what we receive from social media plus good sources. Where the shooting took place is Plaza Bahia. This is now a government office for the Governor and INE. the address is 125 Costera miguel aleman. Supposedly the shooting went on for forty minutes. also down the street at the hotel playa suites.

    1. Thank you for your info. If you would like to put together the info and send to me I will have someone post it. I ust tried to get info and none of the mainstream are running it yet.



    2. Hey, Chivis,





  15. 18 mins · Acapulco, Mexico ·
    Acapulco de Juárez, Guerrero a 24 de abril del 2016.
    Tarjeta Informativa.
    La Policía Federal dependiente de la Comisión Nacional de Seguridad informa:
    La noche de este domingo, sujetos armados realizaron agresiones contra dos instalaciones ocupadas por la Policía Federal en el municipio de Acapulco de Juárez, Guerrero, reportando de manera preliminar, hasta esta media noche, el fallecimiento de un presunto agresor.
    Alrededor de las 21:40 horas, frente al Hotel Alba Suites, ubicado sobre la calle Gran Vía Tropical, de la colonia Las Playas, el cual es ocupado por elementos de la Policía Federal, se aproximaron varios sujetos con armas de fuego quienes fueron inmediatamente ubicados por el personal de guardia.
    Sin mediar palabra, los sujetos iniciaron una agresión con armas de fuego contra los agentes federales, quienes repelieron el ataque hasta obligarlos a huir del lugar en varios vehículos.
    Al efectuar la revisión del perímetro, fue localizado el cuerpo sin vida de uno de los presuntos agresores, el cual esta plenamente identificado y sus antecedentes se integrarán a la averiguación previa derivada de los hechos.
    Solo un elemento de la Policía Federal se reportó con lesiones menores en la pierna izquierda, pero su estado de salud se reporta fuera de peligro.
    Cabe señalar que casi a la misma hora, otro grupo de agresores realizó disparos con armas de fuego contra el edificio de Costera 125, en el que opera la base de la Policía Federal en el Puerto, sin que se registraran personas lesionadas.
    Como en el primer punto, la respuesta de los elementos federales obligó a huir a los sujetos, quienes dejaron abandonado un vehículo en cuyo interior se localizó documentación diversa, de interés en la indagatoria contra los grupos criminales que operan en el municipio.
    Cabe señalar que posteriormente a las agresiones, la situación se normalizó en la zona, gracias a la presencia de elementos de la Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional, Marina Armada de México y Autoridades Estatales y Municipales quienes atendieron diversas solicitudes de apoyo.
    La Policía Federal como parte del Grupo de Coordinación Guerrero, refrenda su compromiso de continuar con el esfuerzo para mejorar las condiciones de seguridad de los habitantes y visitantes del estado de Guerrero y de toda la República.

  16. You guys have a lot of info to sift through. Will write back tomorrow. Thanks, keep up. the good work

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    1. NO time...I am helping out tonight. Maybe someone can pick it up. thanks for sending the info in.

  18. When exactly did Cardenas start ratting, in 2008 or 2009 after he plead guilty? If 2009 then the story appears to contradict itself because in one instance it implies the CDG/Zeta war began in 2008. It may be true that Cardenas' cooperation sparked the violent split but it mainly asserts it with little in support. There is also no mention of the killing of a Zeta by CDG, el Concorde, which is the reason, previously published in BB, for the CDG/Zeta split.

    1. They where killing each other before the war went all out I said it here before many many months ago that the zetas where not happy that oziel became a snitch they just dint trust the no more I said about the me tings they held behind the walmart in matamoros around the same days oziel plead to 25 years the split between the two groups dint only come for the death of the concord it was just a hole lot of things that just gathered and eventually the zetas got fed up they warrant going to take orders from a snitch up to this day and I have heard this from scorpiones ciclones and metros that oziel I still running the show and he decides what it's best for the cartel bb should do an article on how the cdg follows blinding a leader behind bars that works for the fed and it's well known by everyone and it's ok

    2. The zetas look like a military takeover of cdg, 5he mexican armed forces ere ted a military retirees Colony in coahuila, and from there the setas expanded stealing turf, from NL tamaulipas coahuila to guatemala, with turf all the way up and down, the military brass was sick and tired of holding the narcos Versace purses for dos o tres pesos.
      Also, since the JUEVES de corpus, alonso Martinez Dominguez had to resign his position as secretary of governance, and return to the rancho, where he became governor of NL and staged his comeback and revenge, maybe not in person, but in the person of the salinas de gortaris...
      When he resigned he delivered his resigned at ion and told president echeverria: "aqui tiene mi renuncia señor presidente, y chingue a su madre"...
      que tiempos aquellos de los Halcones, halconso martinez Dominguez y el halcon presidencial luis echeverria alvarez, still being celebrated by kidnapping and disappearing students..

  19. Cbiva, nice to see you back at work, hi...

  20. The MAIN failure of the 'kingpin strategy' is not even addressed in the article!!! Does it stop/reduce the flow of drugs??? NO! Drugs are today more plentiful, cheaper and stronger than ever before!

    Hence, 100's of thousands of people have been killed, maimed, traumatized and 'disappeared' for WHAT???

    1. the few of us who think logically can only come up with the only answer that makes sense . both mexican and us gobiernos are the real leaders . they the corrupt high ranking officials make hundreds of millions each year . everything else is smoke and mirrors . no media coverage , no outrage, the border is still open on both sides...

    2. 5:55 Why should it be addressed when it's not the point of the article????

  21. To pay millions to his Boss, who he strongly suspected wanted him dead or captured, Lazcano must have a had a mixture of loyalty and fear towards Osiel.
    Loyalty from his military training and fear from the brutal power Osiel still wielded!

  22. Looks like los zetas were paying nobody shit, people would be having receipts to show they paid, and maruchan to show they got paid, but no, the setas were too busy buying horses and ranchos on the US where they "were promised" sanctuary until they had enough money to "separate" them from..,


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