The gangland war in Mexico between rival Los Zetas and Gulf cartels might get a lot nastier.
Some law enforcement sources are confirming that Heriberto "El Lazca" Lazcano Lazcano, the reputed head of Los Zetas, was killed during a fierce shootout with the Gulf cartel in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas near Los Tomates International Bridge which connects the cities of Matamoros and Brownsville, TX as reported by The Monitor; however, "Mexico's defense secretariat issued a statement late Friday night disputing reports that Lazcano was killed."
Los Zetas is a well-armed outfit formed by deserters from the Mexican army who once provided protection to the Gulf cartel until splitting to pursue a bigger piece of the drug pie, and it recently has gone to the degenerate depths of training teenage girls as hitmen as reported by Dave Graham for Reuters.
Meanwhile, on Thursday the federal police arrested Edgar Huerta Montiel, a suspected Zetas boss in Tamaulipas, for his alleged role in the August 2010 massacre of 72 migrants from Central and South America as reported by the Latin American Herald Tribune.
And yesterday Mexican soldiers arrested 26 municipal cops in Monterrey, the capital city of Nuevo Leon state about two hours south of the Texas border, for their alleged roles on behalf of the Gulf cartel in assassinating two bodyguards to Governor Rodrigo Medina who were accused of being on the payroll of Los Zetas as reported by the Latin American Herald Tribune.