The mexican drug trafficking gang Zetas are expanding into Central America.
Arturo Beltran Leyva, dead leader of Zetas
In what appears to be a change of strategy of a major mexican drug gang, Mexico’s Zeta drug gang has entered El Salvador , Guatemala and Honduras and has made contact with local gangs (Maras included) in what appears to be an exploration of opportunities. The contacts of the Zeta´s in El Salvador were reported by salvadorean President Mauricio Funes.
Funes says the gang already has extended its operations into Central America, operating in countries like Guatemala and Honduras. But he adds it is not clear whether the violent gang has set up shop yet in El Salvador.
Funes told reporters Wednesday that Central America needs a U.S. anti-drug aid plan designed specifically for the region. Mexico gets most of the $1.4 billion in U.S. anti-drug aid under the current Merida Initiative.
Mexican cartels have increasingly been using Central American as a transit point to ship drugs toward the U.S. market.
The reason behind the Zetas entering in Central America could be that their situation in Mexico is getting difficult, and they need a new field for their illegal drug operations.READ MORE HERE.