Los Zetas head Omar Treviño Morales has been captured as reported by Tracy Wilkinson for the Los Angeles Times: "the Zetas are considered the most savage of Mexico's many criminal organizations, having distinguished themselves with beheadings of victims, mass slayings of immigrants and deadly kidnappings and extortion." You don't have to be a psychopath to be a narco but it probably helps.
The alleged head of the southern faction of Mexican cartel Los Zetas is California native Jose Maria Guizar Valencia a/k/a El Charly or Z43, and U.S. law enforcement has offered a $5 million reward for the husky boy as reported by Ildefonso Ortiz for Breitbart News.
Guizar isn't the first American to climb the cartel ranks.
In 2010 Mexican federal police arrested American-born and blue-eyed Edgar Valdez Villarreal a/k/a La Barbie who went from high school football star in Laredo, TX to become a top leader in the Beltran Leyva Mexican drug cartel as reported by Tracy Wilkinson for The Los Angeles Times: "Valdez allegedly served as the top enforcer for Arturo Beltran Leyva, a major kingpin killed by Mexican troops in December."
Among the transnational criminal organizations there is a clear intent to recruit binational (Mexican-American) citizens or Americans because it is so easy for them to move around. It is easier to come and go. The new recruits are used to smuggle arms and drugs, and to steal vehicles, carry out kidnappings and commit other violent crimes.
It's about time that Mexico started providing jobs to Americans!
Ricardo Nino Villarreal, a former general in the Mexican army who became security chief for the border state of Tamaulipas where the Gulf cartel and Los Zetas are battling over smuggling routes into the United States, and his wife were ambushed in their car by gumen while "travelling on a non-toll road that links Nuevo Laredo to the industrial hub of Monterrey" as reported by The Associated Press.
Hopefully Mexico and America won't secure the border over this unfortunate incident. What's a dead general and his wife in the grand scheme of everything? After all, degenerate junkies, tweakers and stoners in the United States must get their drugs, and the dirty politicians, cops and businessmen on both sides of the border must have their payoffs. It's the god damn way of the world.
The Mexican cartels move $50 billion in bulk product and bundled cash across the border each year, and have established supply lines, distribution networks and operational cells in hundreds of communties throughout the United States. There is no way that such a well-entrenched operation could be so successfully accomplished without a little help from well-placed friends.
In order to keep the drugs and cash flowing the freakin' border never will be secured, and it doesn't matter how many good souls on either side are murdered by the narco terrorists.
Perhaps it would be a useful exercise to investigate the finances of some businessmen who donate campaign funds to American politicians in support of the open border. Follow the money, eh? Isn't that the usual rule?
Juan Francisco Saenz-Tamez, the reputed boss of the Gulf cartel, was spending some of his hard-earned narco cash in South Texas when Team America busted him as reported by Richard A. Serrano for the Los Angeles Times: "the Gulf cartel, which is involved in moving marijuana and cocaine to the U.S. through the border city of Matamoros, has been locked in a brutal battle for control of northeastern Mexico with the Zetas cartel, which began as a Gulf cartel paramilitary wing but later split off."
The Mexican cartels are tapping into government-owned oil pipelines located largely in Tamaulipas, the Gulf state neighboring Texas, and so far this year have siphoned off 7.5 million barrels worth more thean $1 billion as reported by Fox News: "two rival gangs, the Zetas and the Gulf cartel, long have used Tamaulipas as a route to ferry drugs and migrants to the United States and, in recent years, diversified their business: stealing gas and crude and selling it to refineries in Texas or to gas stations on either side of the border."
Federal prosecutors have charged 51 suspects from two street gangs for their alleged roles in a drug ring which purchased cocaine and marijuana from the Sinaloa Cartel and Los Zetas for distribution in Tulsa, OK as reported by KFOR: "U.S. Attorney Danny Williams said this is the largest indictment in the area's history."
Two Mexican nationals "associated to the Zetas drug cartel have been sentenced to one year and one day in prison for attempting to bribe a federal judge" who presided over a $65 million money laundering case in Austin, TX as reported by KXAN: "the complex laundering scheme involved purchasing, breeding, racing and selling some 500 racehorses throughout the southwest." The two wannabe fixers have been credited with time served, and they now will be deported as reported by Texas Lawyer. Daryl Fields, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Western District of Texas, says "these felony convictions and removals should disqualify them from legally entering the U.S. in the future." Right. That's the last we'll hear from these two characters. Because our borders are so secure and the risks so outweigh the rewards.
Gabriel Valverde a/k/a Comandante Verde, a reputed Los Zetas boss who is suspected of ordering the slaughter of 27 farmers in May 2011 in a revenge attack against rival narcos, has been arrested by Guatemalan police as reported by KXAN.
Guatemala is among the transit points for cocaine smuggling from South America into the United States.
Upon taking office in 2012 Guatemalan President and former general Otto Perez Molina called in the troops to take down the invading Mexican cartels as reported by BBC News: "Guatemala is following the example of Mexico and Honduras, where the military is also tackling the drug gangs."
Mexican cartel Los Zetas laundered drug money through U.S. quarter horse racing, and federal authorities now are providing the back story on the narco scheme as reported by CNBC: "by outside appearances, they were running a legitimate business that bought, bred and raced American quarter horses, but in reality it was just a means to hide their illicit profits."