Zetas issue challenge to Mexican and US governments
The Americas Post - The Zetas are getting more professional in the graphic arts.
Mexico’s violent Zetas drug cartel has released a new statement challenging the governments of both Mexico and the United States.
“Message to the nation, the government, and all of Mexico and to public opinion: The special forces of Los Zetas challenges the government of Mexico and its federal forces,” said the communique, which was signed by Zetas leader Miguel Angel Treviño Morales, also known as Z-40. Unlike previous messages accompanying murder victims, this one appeared on a professionally printed banner.
The Zetas were launched in 1999 by Heriberto Lazcano, known as “El Lazca,” who deserted a Mexican elite special operations unit with three other soldiers to form the armed wing of the Gulf drug cartel. The paramilitary group is now one of the most violent and powerful cartels operating in Mexico, competing with Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán’s Sinaloa cartel. The Zetas were blamed for a casino attack in Monterrey that left 52 people dead earlier this year.
“Not the Army, not the Marines nor the security and anti-drug agencies of the United States government can resist us. Mexico lives and will continue under the regime of Los Zetas,” the communique went on to state.
“Let it be clear that we are in control here and although the federal government controls other cartels, they cannot take our plazas. You want proof?” the communique asked. “Look at what happened in Sinaloa and Guadalajara. If we can get all the way into their kitchen we are not going to lose control of our territory.”
This past September in the Gulf coast city of Veracruz, the bound and tortured bodies of 35 alleged Zetas members were dumped by the Sinaloa cartel onto a main thoroughfare in the city. In May, over two dozen people, most of them Zetas, were killed while infiltrating Sinaloa cartel territory in the state of Nayarit.
Since President Felipe Calderón declared war on Mexico’s drug cartels upon taking office in 2006, an estimated 35,000 to 40,000 people have been killed in the ensuing violence.