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  • [Mexico:]Gunman wounded, kidnapping victims rescued in Reynosa shootout

    10/04/2012 2:36:26 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 7 replies
    KGBT ^ | 10/04/12 | Sergio Chapa
    Authorities have confirmed that one gunman has been wounded and that five kidnapping victims have been rescued following a Wednesday afternoon shootout in a busy downtown Reynosa shopping district. Mexico's Ministry of National Defense (SEDENA) confirmed that a shootout took place in the "peatonal" or "pedestrian shopping area" of downtown Reynosa on Wednesday afternoon. SEDENA officials reported that soldiers were in the area when they came under fire from an unknown number of men. Reynosa residents reported the gunfire on the social media network Twitter. SEDENA officials reported that shootout ended with one gunman being wounded and five alleged kidnapping...
  • Ruthless Mexican drug cartel recruiting in the U.S.; Los Zetas looks to prisons, street gangs

    07/08/2013 10:24:53 AM PDT · by kimtom · 8 replies
    www.washingtontimes.com ^ | July 7, 2013 | Jerry Seper
    A Mexican drug cartel known for kidnapping random civilians and beheading its rivals has expanded its operations into the U.S. The gang known as Los Zetas is recruiting U.S. prison and street gangs, and non-Mexicans, for its drug trafficking and support operations in Mexico and the U.S. An FBI intelligence bulletin notes that “multiple sources” reported the shift in Los Zetas recruiting. The cartel sought to maintain a highly disciplined and structured hierarchy by recruiting members with specialized training, such as former military and law enforcement officers. “The FBI judges with high confidence that Los Zetas will continue to increase...
  • Lebanese Canadian Bank to Pay $102 Million in Hizballah Laundering Case

    06/28/2013 3:02:52 AM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies
    For The Record - The IPT Blog ^ | Jun 27, 2013 at 6:56 pm | by Abha Shankar
    "Lebanese Canadian Bank to Pay $102 Million in Hizballah Laundering Case" SNIPPET: "The Beirut-based Lebanese Canadian Bank ("LCB") will pay $102 million as part of a settlement reached this week with federal prosecutors. The LCB was accused in a December 2011 complaint of funneling money to the Lebanese terrorist group Hizballah as part of a global money-laundering scheme. The "settlement shows that banks laundering money for terrorists and narco-traffickers will face consequences for their actions, wherever they may be located. This type of money laundering network fuels the operations of both terrorists and drug traffickers, and will continue to use...
  • 13-Year-Old Mexican Drug Cartel Hitman Found Dead, Tortured ( Gun Free zone )

    03/01/2013 4:54:15 PM PST · by george76 · 25 replies
    CBS Houston ^ | March 1, 2013
    MORELOS, Mexico — A 13-year-old Mexican drug cartel hitman was found dead along with five other people. Univision reports that Jorge Armando Moreno’s body showed signs of torture when he was found near the town of Morelos. Moreno — who was a member of the Los Zetas gang — was arrested earlier this month, along with 15 other suspects, and confessed to taking part in 10 executions. He was released into his family’s custody because he was too young to be criminally prosecuted. Zacatecas state law says no one under the age of 14 can be subject to criminal prosecution....
  • Mexican Narcoterrorist Region May Abandon Catholicism for Islam

    12/31/2012 4:02:57 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 53 replies
    FrontPageMag.com ^ | December 29, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    Mexican Narcoterrorist Region May Abandon Catholicism for Islam It would seem as if Bishop Ruiz’s brand of Liberation Theology has had the same effect on Chiapas as on Europe. Chiapas is poor, but it’s now also appearing to trend Islamic as any region under the influence of the left eventually does. When you kill the local religion and replace it with social justice, foreign religions eventually take its place. In the mid-1990s, a leftist resistance group which calls itself The Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) made Chiapas its home. Its attempts to fight the Mexican Army repeatedly failed, but...
  • Hezbollah Raises Latin American Profile

    09/18/2012 9:27:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 43 replies
    Commentary ^ | 09.15.2012 | Michael Rubin
    @mrubin1971Two news stories from recent weeks, if true, should raise a red flag in the United States that Iran is preparing to use Hezbollah to strike at U.S. interests in Latin America, if not in the United States itself.First, this story from the Lebanese news portal Naharnet and sourced in part to Israeli radio. The Naharnet story was taken down shortly after it appeared: Hezbollah is using a training base established by Iran in northern Nicaragua near the border with Honduras, the Israeli radio reported on Thursday [September 6]. “The area is cordoned off and there are around 30 members...
  • DEA Raids Car Dealership with Alleged Ties to Terrorist Group Hezbollah

    12/18/2011 7:59:04 PM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/18/11 | Fox News
    Drug Enforcement Administration agents have raided an Oklahoma car dealership that the government suspects may be one of about 30 such businesses in the U.S. involved in funding the terrorist group Hezbollah. DEA agents say the car lot of Ace Auto Leasing in Tulsa is part of a huge network that is selling cars and drugs -- and then using the money to support terrorism against the U.S., myfoxphoenix.com reports. During Friday's raid, agents could be seen carryout out filing cabinets and other items. They also questioned employees and took inventory. "They're making big time money and it's going right...
  • Mexico Busts Drug Cartels' Private Phone Networks

    12/10/2011 10:24:31 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 26 replies
    NPR ^ | December 9, 2011 | Jason Beaubien
    The Mexican military has recently broken up several secret telecommunications networks that were built and controlled by drug cartels so they could coordinate drug shipments, monitor their rivals and orchestrate attacks on the security forces. A network that was dismantled just last week provided cartel members with cellphone and radio communications across four northeastern states. The network had coverage along almost 500 miles of the Texas border and extended nearly another 500 miles into Mexico's interior. Soldiers seized 167 antennas, more than 150 repeaters and thousands of cellphones and radios that operated on the system. Some of the remote antennas...
  • On Mexico, Guns, Drugs, Borders (Obama Regime arming Los Zetas)

    07/30/2011 5:44:31 PM PDT · by Marathoner · 12 replies
    Ann Barnhardt website ^ | 7/30/2011 | Ann Barnhardt
    On Mexico, Guns, Drugs and Borders Posted by Ann Barnhardt - July 30, AD 2011 5:49 PM MST This is speculation, so take it as such. It is impossible to know for certain what another person or people are going to do until they do it, but when Vanna turns enough letters around on the board, you don’t need to buy any more vowels. I think the Obama regime is intentionally trying to get the Los Zetas drug cartel to overthrow the Mexican government, and do it fairly soon. This thesis is nothing new. If you want citations, do a...
  • [Texas:]DPS: U.S. residents should avoid Nuevo Laredo this weekend

    07/02/2011 11:42:33 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 34 replies
    Rio Grande Guardian ^ | July 2, 2011 | Steve McCraw
    LAREDO, July 2 - U.S. residents are being advised not to visit Nuevo Laredo this Fourth of July Weekend. The advisory comes from the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Webb County Sheriff’s Office. Both agencies say they have received credible intelligence from multiple sources indicating that the Zetas Cartel is planning to target U.S. citizens who travel to Nuevo Laredo this weekend. “According to the information we have received, the Zetas are planning a possible surge in criminal activity, such as robberies, extortions, car-jackings and vehicle theft, specifically against U.S. citizens,” said DPS Director Steven C. McCraw. “We...
  • Special Report: STRATFOR Source Doubts Los Zetas Chief's Death in Mexico

    06/17/2011 11:33:52 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 9 replies
    STRATFOR ^ | June 17, 2011 9:40 pm | Global Intelligence
    According to El Nuevo Heraldo, Heriberto “El Lazca” Lazcano Lazcano was killed at approximately 2 p.m. local time June 17 in Matamoros, Tamaulipas state, on Avenida del Nino at the intersection with Lauro Villar. It was reported that the top leader of Los Zetas was killed during a running gunbattle involving Gulf cartel forces. A separate report by El Universal citing Mexican military sources indicated that three were killed and nine were injured in a firefight involving Mexican soldiers and marines against members of Los Zetas and the Gulf cartel near the Tomates international bridge in Matamoros. Mexican military sources...
  • Guatemalan police kill 2 Zetas members, arrest a 3rd

    05/17/2011 12:13:22 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 1 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | May 17, 2011
    Guatemala City – Police killed two suspected members of Mexico's Los Zetas drug cartel and arrested a third near the ranch in northern Guatemala where nearly 30 people were massacred over the weekend, a National Civilian Police, or PNC, spokesman said. "There are two suspected criminals dead and one more captured alive, as well as an officer wounded," a PNC spokesman in the northern province of Peten said. The three men are suspected of belonging to the "Zeta 200" cell of Los Zetas, considered Mexico's most violent drug cartel, police said. The gunfight with police and the arrest occurred in...
  • Brutal Mexican drug gang crosses into U.S.-- Zetas butcher victims to spread message of fear

    04/19/2011 6:35:17 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 56 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 19, 2011 | Jerry Seper
    The signature crimes of the most violent drug cartel in Mexico are its beheading and dismemberment of rival gang members, military personnel, law enforcement officers and public officials, and the random kidnappings and killings of civilians who get caught in its butchery and bloodletting. But this disparate band of criminals known as Los Zetas is no longer just a concern in Mexico. It has expanded its deadly operations across the southwestern border, establishing footholds and alliances in states from New York to California. Just last year, federal agents tied a cocaine operation in Baltimore to the Zetas. “Those of us...
  • Ranching No Man's Land

    12/22/2010 9:01:52 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 21 replies · 1+ views
    The Cattleman ^ | December 2010 | David F. Crosby
    Mexico has belatedly discovered that its criminal syndicates have become so powerful that they directly threaten the state. In fact, Mexico hovers on the brink of becoming a narco-state. Its criminal syndicates control the Mexican side of the Texas/Mexico border and the smuggling of drugs and illegal immigrants into Texas. Their influence and reach have crossed the Rio Grande River in ways that many politicians and media prefer to not acknowledge. Caught in this crossfire are ranchers trying to protect their property and their way of life. Here are some of the problems they face daily. The criminal organizations To...
  • Zetas, Gulf Cartel and Mexican military clash in Matamoros

    12/02/2010 9:28:14 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 28 replies · 1+ views
    The Brownsville Herald ^ | December 02, 2010
    Gunfire and roadblocks were reported Wednesday evening in Matamoros as armed gunmen with the Gulf Cartel and the Zetas organization clashed with the Mexican military in a three-way confrontation, sources stated. One of the international bridges to Brownsville was closed. Tractor-trailers were used to block off various avenues in Matamoros, including Lauro Villar, Avenida Solidaridad, Avenida del Nino and other main thoroughfares, in an effort to keep military vehicles from getting through, according to a Mexican law enforcement official who asked not to be named for security reasons. A source with the Mexican military who asked not to be named...
  • He's a drug cartel hit man — and he's 12

    11/13/2010 10:45:02 PM PST · by B4Ranch · 23 replies
    http://www.nypost.com/ ^ | November 13, 2010 | SARAH GORDON
    The Mexican Army is hunting a 12-year-old assassin who is allegedly employed by a drug cartel to torture and murder its enemies, Sky News reported today. Known simply as El Ponchis — which means "The Cloak" — the young boy has been accused of helping wage a turf war in the central Morelos state. Reports said he was paid $3,000 per murder and that he tortured his victims before killing them. He often cuts his victim's throat, leaving the head attached by just a thread.
  • Boy, 12, unmasked as Mexico drug hitman

    11/13/2010 11:27:58 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 25 replies
    HeraldSun ^ | November 14, 2010
    THE Mexican Army is hunting a 12-year-old assassin who is allegedly employed by a drug cartel to torture and murder its enemies. Known simply as El Ponchis - which means "The Cloak" - the young boy has been accused of helping wage a turf war in the central Morelos state. Reports said he was paid $US3000 per murder and that he tortured his victims before killing them. He often cuts his victim's throat, leaving the head attached by just a thread. Videos of El Ponchis attacking one enemy with a stick and cutting the throat of another have appeared online,...
  • Three human heads found in front of government building in northern Mexico

    11/12/2010 8:47:04 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 20 replies
    wireupdate.com ^ | Nov 12, 2010
    ZACATECAS, MEXICO (BNO NEWS) -- Three human heads were found in front of a government building on Friday in the northern Mexican state of Zacatecas, officials said. At about 6:00 a.m. local time, a group of young students were walking towards their school when they discovered the heads of three individuals in the garden in front of the government building of Chalchihuites town, about 215 kilometers from the state capital city of Zacatecas. The headless bodies were found approximately one kilometer away from the heads, in a highway. Two messages were found next to the bodies indicating that the crime...
  • (Falcon) Lake killing blamed on blunder (Mistaken Identity)

    10/14/2010 6:52:17 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 165 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 10/13/2010 | By Lynn Brezosky - Express-News
    BROWNSVILLE — A global intelligence company Wednesday said the death of U.S. citizen David Michael Hartley on Falcon Lake was a case of mistaken identity in a turf war between rival drug cartels. Hartley, who was shot during a Sept. 30 sightseeing trip to the Mexican side of the binational reservoir, was shot by Zeta cartel enforcers because he was mistaken for a spy of the rival Gulf Cartel, according to the report by STRATFOR, and Austin-based think tank specializing in intelligence and international issues. The report goes on to say Hartley's body likely was destroyed as Los Zetas went...
  • Do Mexican Drug Cartels Pose A Bigger Threat Than The Taliban?

    10/11/2010 6:01:46 AM PDT · by ChrisBoundsTX · 17 replies
    Liberty Juice ^ | 10/11/2010 | Chris Bounds
    Mexican drug cartels are like a malignant cancer that keeps on spreading. Mexico has spent billions of dollars on its drug war to combat the power and influence of the cartels, but when you look at the statistics it seems as if little progress has been made. Considering the dramatic impact cartels have on the United Sates, America should consider if securing our border is as important to our national security as is the war we are fighting in Afghanistan. Mexico’s war on drugs has been ongoing since 2006, but the problem keeps getting bigger each year. So does the...
  • Eyewitness in Alleged Mexican Pirate Attack Case Comes Forward [ Mexico blocks US from search ]

    10/07/2010 3:46:09 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 35 replies
    ABC News ^ | Oct 7 2010 | By RYAN OWENS, GINA SUNSERI and LEE FERRAN
    An eyewitness has come forward in the case of the American who was allegedly attacked by Mexican pirates to claim he saw the man's panicked wife as she fled to the American side of the lake. As a safety precaution, the witness spoke in shadow and with voice alteration to avoid identification because he said he feared for his life. "It was hard, just remembering everything about us going in to go take pictures and enjoying the sunny day and enjoying the nice weather," Tiffany Hartley, wife of missing David Hartley, told "Good Morning America" today, just hours after returning...
  • 2 cars explode in Mexico where 72 bodies found

    08/27/2010 12:05:33 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 21 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 27, 2010 | Eduardo Castillo
    SAN FERNANDO, Mexico – Two cars exploded early Friday in a northern state where officials are investigating the killing of 72 Central and South American migrants, while a prosecutor investigating the massacre has disappeared. The prosecutor, Roberto Jaime Suarez, disappeared Wednesday in the town of San Fernando, where the bodies of the migrants were found, the Tamaulipas state attorney general's office said in a statement. A transit police officer in the town is also missing. President Felipe Calderon, speaking during a forum on security, said Suarez, a Tamaulipas state prosecutor, was involved in the initial investigation of the massacre, which...
  • Matamoros prison breakout reported[40 escape]

    08/23/2010 3:52:39 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 13 replies
    THE BROWNSVILLE HERALD ^ | August 22, 2010
    A Mexican news organization reported a massive breakout from the Matamoros Prison. According to Proceso, the breakout took place Wednesday night when an armed commando arrived at the prison and freed 40 federal inmates. Mexican law enforcement officials would not comment on the purported breakout, and as of Saturday morning there had been no official statement about such an occurrence. A source with firsthand knowledge of criminal activity in Mexico confirmed the escape and said jail breakouts have become a common technique for drug cartels to fill their ranks in the ongoing war between the Gulf Cartel and the Zetas...
  • [South Texas:]Alleged Zeta slashed his own throat but survived

    08/19/2010 11:59:29 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 8 replies · 1+ views
    THE BROWNSVILLE HERALD ^ | August 19, 2010
    Jose Ezequiel Galicia Gonzalez, an alleged member of the Zetas criminal organization, was in federal court Wednesday for a competency hearing after he tried to kill himself with plastic cutlery. According to testimony given before U.S. Magistrate Judge Felix Recio, Galicia used either a plastic knife or a plastic spoon to cut his wrists and then slit his throat. According to defense attorney Reynaldo Cantu, Galicia almost succeeded and ended up in intensive care. Cantu stated that Galicia might suffer from a mental disease or defect and requested a psychiatric evaluation. Galicia will be evaluated by a court-appointed psychiatrist on...
  • Despite Naysayers, Reporters Get at the Truth about What Happened in Laredo

    08/11/2010 7:16:34 AM PDT · by TheNewPundit · 47 replies
    Big Journalism ^ | 08/11/2010 | Mondo Frazier
    On July 24, Kimberly Dvorak, of the Examiner, and Don Amato, of the blog Digger’s Realm, broke the story about two Texas ranches outside of Laredo, Texas, being seized by members of Los Zetas drug cartel. Today, Ms. Dvorak posted a copy of the police blotter which provides a good deal of the information necessary to confirm her initial story’s claims:
  • Crying Zeta suspect appears in court[South Texas]

    08/08/2010 10:17:43 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 19 replies
    THE BROWNSVILLE HERALD ^ | August 07, 2010
    A man alleged to have been a member of Mexico’s Gulf Cartel and later of the Zetas criminal organization appeared in U.S. federal court Friday and – when he saw his mother, wife and sister in the room – broke down sobbing, his big frame shaking visibly. Wearing khaki pants, a wrinkled blue shirt and shackles on his wrists, Luis Alberto Blanco Flores, known as “El Pelochas,” appeared at a preliminary hearing as a follow-up to his arrest on July 23 for illegal entry to the United States. At the hearing, an agent for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement testified...
  • [Mexico:]Four 'Zetas' killed in San Fernando shootout

    08/07/2010 11:42:30 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 8 replies
    KGBT ^ | 08.06.2010 | Sergio Chapa
    Four alleged members of the drug trafficking organization Los Zetas are dead following a shootout with authorities near San Fernando. The Mexican Navy (SEMAR) reported that Marines out on patrol came under fire around 6 p.m. Thursday. The shootout reportedly four alleged members of the Zetas dead. SEMAR officials reported seizing: • One rocket launcher • Nine assault rifles • Two handguns • Three fragmentation grenades • 2,600 ammunition cartridges • 10 bulletproof vests • 500 grams of cocaine • 223,000 pesos in cash • Three vehicles Names of the those killed in the battle were not released but the...
  • Officials know nothing of rumored Zeta standoff on Mines Road (Hoax)

    07/24/2010 4:13:26 PM PDT · by epithermal · 93 replies · 10+ views
    Laredo Morning Times ^ | July 24, 2010 | Nick Georgiou
    Local law enforcement was bombarded with calls from across the country Saturday asking about a report that the Zetas had taken over two ranches off Mines Road. But officials with the Laredo Police Department, Webb County Sheriff’s Department and Border Patrol said they knew nothing about such an incident, while Erik Vasys, an FBI spokesman in San Antonio, said the agency does not comment on rumors.
  • BREAKING: Multiple Ranches in Laredo Texas Taken Over By Los Zetas (HOAX)

    07/24/2010 8:46:47 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 282 replies · 11+ views
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 07/24/2010 | Digger
    ... The ranches are said to be "near Mines Rd. and Minerales Rd. about 10 miles NW of I-35". Whether it is lone members or squads is not certain. Anonymous sources in law enforcement in the Laredo area tonight have passed on word that US law enforcement agencies are in the area and are weighing their options regarding the ranches. The media has been silent on this incident and some law enforcement in the area says that they are furious that the media is not reporting the whole story of the continued violence along the border. Their frustrations are understandable...
  • Los Zetas ya están en Los Ángeles [Google transltion]

    07/19/2010 7:25:47 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies · 6+ views
    La Opinión ^ | 2010-07-19 | | Jorge Morales Almada
    One of the most violent criminal organizations in Mexico has set up camp in Los Angeles. From here controls the distribution of the drug to other parts of the country and, as an informant, who began to recruit out of California prisons to become assassins. This is the formidable organization of the Zetas, a group of Mexican army deserters in the late 90's became the armed wing of the Gulf Cartel and then consolidated as a group of assassins that has fought wars against different mafia organizations in Mexico and has partnered with some of them. Los Zetas began his...
  • Look what they found near the Texas and Mexico border (See pix)

    07/01/2010 7:39:05 AM PDT · by combat_boots · 190 replies · 2+ views
    FusionFX Politics and Capitalism ^ | 30 Jun 2010 | Unknown
    Where was our news media? Where was our president and congress? Why does the official move from Washington go against American private citizens and their guns, and not an all out war against the drug cartels using fully automatic military weapons, hand grenades, launchers and machine-guns? Why is the president pushing for an international gun law that will bring registration and finally gun control to we American citizens? Who is for free and lawful American citizens? Where are our statesmen? Where are our patriots and where are champions for the Constitution and freedom and safety of American citizens? This is...
  • Gunmen fire on Mexican town hall; kill 3 police

    06/22/2010 11:21:03 PM PDT · by Qbert · 11 replies
    MEXICO CITY -- Authorities in northern Mexico say assailants sprayed a town hall with gunfire, killing at least three police officers. The Nuevo Leon state attorney general's office says police found 200 shell casings from assault and semiautomatic rifles outside the Los Herreras municipal office, which also houses the town's police force. Such weapons are often used by drug cartel hitmen. Prosecutors said Tuesday a vehicle found at the scene had "Z-40" and "Z" painted on its windows - apparent references to the Zetas drug gang. Authorities blame fighting between the Gulf cartel and the Zetas for a recent surge...
  • 17 Inmates Dead in Mazatlan Prison Riot

    06/14/2010 4:18:27 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 16 replies · 346+ views
    allvoices ^ | Monday, June 14, 2010 | ???
    17 inmates were found shot to death in the aftermath of a prison riot in Mazatlan. When the riot was brought under control, firearms including an assault rifle were found. Unconfirmed reports put all the dead as members of the Zetas drug gang. The Sinaloa drug cartel is very powerful in this area. Mexico has been torn by the ongoing drug wars in which criminal cartels are fighting each other for the lucrative drug trade moving marijuana and cocaine north into the US.
  • [Mexico:]Captured Zetas leader blamed in consulate attack

    06/10/2010 5:13:14 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies · 290+ views
    KGBT ^ | 06/10/2010 | Sergio Chapa
    Mexican authorities are blaming a captured Zetas drug cartel leader as being the mastermind behind an attack on an American Consulate in Monterrey. The Mexican Army (SEDENA) captured Hector Raul Luna-Luna during an operation in Monterrey on Wednesday. Authorities reported that Luna-Luna, who also goes by the nickname “El Tory”, is the head of the operations for the Zetas in the northern Mexican city. Luna-Luna’s captured prompted a series of “narcoblockades” and chaos in Monterrey on Wednesday evening. The Mexican Army reports that Luna-Luna is responsible for numerous attacks against military personnel and even an attack on the American Consulate...
  • Zetas Preparing for Assault on Reynosa

    05/13/2010 9:57:18 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 81 replies · 3,945+ views
    KRGV ^ | 5/13/10
    REYNOSA - Trusted CHANNEL 5 NEWS sources confirm a potentially dangerous situation is unfolding along the border. According to multiple law enforcement agencies, the Zetas are preparing for an assault on the Reynosa area. The battle is supposed to begin this weekend. We're told it will likely last longer. CHANNEL 5 NEWS contacts at DPS and other law enforcement agencies have confirmed this information is "legitimate and very real."
  • Memo Details Possible Cartel Threat

    05/12/2010 4:19:04 PM PDT · by RGVTx · 11 replies · 657+ views
    KRGV.com ^ | Farrah Fazal
    WESLACO - An internal memo from the Texas Department of Public Safety details a possible cartel threat CHANNEL 5 NEWS obtain the memo. We haven't been able to confirm the threat, but we thought it was important to tell you about it. The memo told officers to be more careful on and off the job. It states a flyer was found on a car in Brownsville on May 8. It was written in Spanish. According to the flyer, this weekend would be very violent, because two cartels will be doing battle. The internal memo states, “The public should remain calm,...
  • 18 gunmen killed in attacks on Mexican army bases

    03/31/2010 11:19:03 PM PDT · by Cindy · 25 replies · 1,302+ views
    (AP) via FORBES.com ^ | 04.01.10, 01:01 AM EDT | By ANTONIO VILLEGAS
    SNIPPET: "VILLAHERMOSA, Mexico -- Dozens of gunmen mounted rare and apparently coordinated attacks targeting two army garrisons in northern Mexico, touching off firefights that killed 18 attackers."
  • Los Zetas and Mexico's Transnational Drug War

    12/25/2009 6:05:40 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 32 replies · 1,636+ views
    World Politics Review ^ | 12/25/09 | Hal Brands
    In January 2009, retired Gen. Mauro Tello Quiñones took command of a police unit charged with combating drug-related violence in the popular Mexican tourist destination of Cancún. The assignment lasted just one week. In early February, Tello and two aides were kidnapped and killed. Before murdering Tello, the assailants broke his arms and legs and tortured him for hours. The incident provoked shock across Mexico, with the governor of Quintana Roo state calling it "truly horrible." Even by the standards of the violent drug war that has consumed Mexico of late, this crime stood out for its brazenness and brutality....
  • Mexico Security Memo: Dec. 7, 2009 (Narco State)

    12/09/2009 9:19:29 AM PST · by AuntB · 6 replies · 836+ views
    Stratfor Global security ^ | Dec. 8, 2009 | Stratfor
    Presumed members of Los Zetas staged a brazen prison raid Dec. 4 in Escobedo, Nuevo Leon state, killing two state police officers guarding the prison and freeing 23 inmates. At the same time in nearby Juarez, Zetas engaged a Mexican military unit in a firefight in an apparent attempt to distract the superior security force away from the prison. While details are still coming in, the incident highlights the uphill battle the Mexican government is fighting as it tries to professionalize its law enforcement ranks. Los Zetas have shown before that they will go to great lengths to protect and...
  • Los Zetas called Mexico's most dangerous drug cartel

    08/07/2009 1:58:11 PM PDT · by AuntB · 8 replies · 2,134+ views
    Cnn ^ | Aug. 6, 2009 | Michael Ware
    The dead always tell a story. .... in Mexico that story is ...... a war becoming more violent and ruthless, mostly because of one group. .... Los Zetas. Imagine a band of U.S. Green Berets going rogue and offering their services and firepower to drug cartels..... Commandos from the Mexican army deserted and set up a cartel, Los Zetas. The U.S. government .... "the most technologically advanced, sophisticated and dangerous cartel operating in Mexico." "The Zetas .....No. 1 organization responsible for the majority of homicides, the beheadings, the kidnappings, the extortions that take place in Mexico" "They train new recruits...
  • Alleged Mexican Cartel Leaders, Associates Targeted in Newest Effort to Combat Drug...

    07/21/2009 3:12:56 AM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies · 1,366+ views
    US DOJ.gov/opa - Press Release ^ | July 20, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text SNIPPET is a quote: Alleged Mexican Cartel Leaders, Associates Targeted in Newest Effort to Combat Drug Trafficking Organizations Today the Departments of Justice, State and Treasury announced coordinated actions against the Gulf Cartel/Los Zetas drug trafficking organization, now known as the "Company," in the latest in a series of efforts by the U.S. government to neutralize and dismantle this violent cartel. Antonio Ezequiel Cardenas-Guillen, Jorge Eduardo Costilla-Sanchez, Heriberto Lazcano-Lazcano and Miguel Trevino-Morales, high-level Mexican leaders of the Company and 15 of their top lieutenants, have been charged in U.S. federal courts with drug trafficking-related crimes. Also...
  • FBI: Texas drug cell trains on own ranch

    05/20/2009 4:31:11 AM PDT · by cbkaty · 29 replies · 9,095+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | May 19, 2009, 7:53PM | DANE SCHILLER
    FBI is advising law enforcement officers across the country that a Texas cell of Los Zetas — an increasingly powerful arm of the Mexican Gulf Cartel drug trafficking syndicate — has acquired a secluded ranch where it trains its members to “neutralize” competitors in the United States.
  • Police investigating purported Zeta kidnapping[South Texas/Mexico]

    04/27/2009 8:10:46 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 10 replies · 1,118+ views
    The Brownsville Herald/Monitor ^ | April 26, 2009 | Ana Ley
    DONNA - Police are investigating a kidnapping purportedly carried out in Reynosa by members of Los Zetas, the Gulf Cartel's enforcement wing. A Donna woman reportedly told police she received several phone calls from suspects claiming to be members of Los Zetas a week after her son was kidnapped in Reynosa during a trip to Diaz Ordaz. The woman called police from her home on April 19 only after the men grew impatient and threatened to kidnap her other son if she did not pay a ransom soon for the victim's release, police records show. The woman told police the...
  • Mexico nabs hitman linked to US kidnap (of anti-kidnap expert last December in Veracruz)

    04/25/2009 7:11:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 605+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 4/25/09 | AFP
    MEXICO CITY (AFP) – Police on Saturday said they arrested a Mexican drug cartel hitman wanted in connection with the abduction of a US anti-kidnap expert in December and the death of at least five people. German Torres Jimenez, who allegedly works for the powerful Gulf drug cartel, was detained after a shootout in the eastern city of Veracruz, Mexico's Public Safety Secretariat (SSP) said in a statement. ... Torres is allegedly one of the founders of Los Zetas, the armed wing of the Gulf cartel. Los Zetas reportedly took control of the organization when cartel boss Osiel Cardenas was...
  • DEA: Mexican cartels pushed south

    04/15/2009 11:53:14 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 2 replies · 339+ views
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | April 15, 2009 | DEVLIN BARRETT
    WASHINGTON — Mexican drug cartels are spreading south into Central America, U.S. drug enforcement officials said Wednesday, as the Obama administration put new pressure on drug kingpins ahead of the president's trip to Mexico City. Drug Enforcement Administration officials said there are growing signs the stepped-up law enforcement efforts on the U.S.-Mexico border are driving the cartels south toward Central America. "We're looking at what happens south of Mexico as well, because that's just as important as what's happening on our border," said DEA Chief of Operations Thomas Harrigan. "With more and more success the Mexican government has, literally they're...
  • The Evolution of 'Los Zetas,' a Mexican Crime Organization

    03/29/2009 4:42:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies · 1,492+ views
    ISN Security Watch ^ | Monday, March 16, 2009 | Sam Logan
    From the original 31 members, the Mexican organized criminal faction Los Zetas has grown into an organization in its own right, operating separate from the Gulf Cartel and just as violent Between the first of the year and mid-March, 2009, the Mexican criminal organization most commonly known as "Los Zetas" has been busy. Members of this group have been linked to a death threat delivered to the president of Guatemala, a grenade thrown into a bar in Pharr, Texas, the death of a high-ranking military general in Cancun, and a fair share of the organized crime-related deaths registered this year...
  • Anderson Cooper On The Mexican Drug Cartels

    03/01/2009 9:45:52 PM PST · by AtlasStalled · 8 replies · 691+ views
    Anderson Cooper did a piece for 60 Minutes tonight on the Mexican drug cartels, and generally he did a good job in presenting a concise overview of the issues. However, the segment failed to address the horrific violence perpetrated by the drug cartels on the U.S. side of the border in cities such as Phoenix, AZ and Atlanta, GA, and failed to address the role by U.S. financial institutions and money managers in laundering some $38 billion in drug money for the cartels every year. Cooper interviewed Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano who recognized that the drug cartels pose an...
  • Mexico, U.S.: A New Weapon in the Cartel Arsenal

    02/11/2009 11:08:23 AM PST · by AuntB · 14 replies · 1,617+ views
    Stratfor Intelligence ^ | Feb. 10, 2009 | Stratfor
    Grenades used in three recent attacks in Monterrey, Mexico, and Pharr, Texas, all originated from the same lot delivered from South Korea... That the grenade used in the third attack reportedly came from Mexico indicates that in addition to the well-known path of weapons flowing from the United States into Mexico, arms also are flowing from Mexico into the United States. The first of the three attacks targeted the U.S. Consulate in Monterrey, Mexico. In the second incident, again in Monterrey, gunmen attacked a local TV station on Jan. 12 in an attempt to intimidate the news agency into cutting...
  • Mexican Narco-Traffickers Wreak Deadly Havoc Against Law Enforcement

    02/09/2009 10:24:55 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies · 1,120+ views
    The Cutting Edge News ^ | February 9th 2009 | Martin Barillas
    Mexico is struggling to wage war against its ultra-violent drug traffickers. More than 6,000 people were murdered in 2008, including innocent people, law enforcement officers and military men, as well as narco-traffickers themselves. The gruesome conflict is spilling over into American territory into the lives of U.S. citizens vacationing south of the border. Mexico's drug war is in fact more threatening and bloody now than at any point in history. The numbers are stagging. In 2008, some 530 police officers were killed. In January 2009 alone, some 493 murders were attributed to drug-related violence, nearly doubling the figure for January...
  • The "Z" is NOT for Zorro

    01/01/2009 10:48:24 PM PST · by Cindy · 7 replies · 682+ views
    THREATSWATCH.org ^ | December 30, 2008 at 6:28 AM | Jay Fraser
    The gruesome violence will not stop with the tolling of the New Year’s bells, nor will it stop at the U.S. border. Many have written about the nexus of crime and terrorism; the fact is that drug crime and terrorism, mixed in with a healthy dose of youth gangs lies in front of us. Ask local law enforcement officials, but don’t necessarily look for it to be reported in your local newspaper. You won’t find much either about the increase in home invasions. Earlier this month, the former girlfriend of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the Sinaloa cartel showed up dead,...