Corpses of 49 butchered individuals – 43 men and 6 women – were found 10 kilometers east of Cadereyta, near the village of San Juan, at kilometer 47 of Mexico Federal Highway 40 on Sunday May 13, 2012 (Mother’s Day). The highway connects the metropolitan city of Monterrey in Nuevo Leon with the city of Reynosa in Tamaulipas on the border with Texas and it is speculated that the butchered people were migrants on their way to the United States.
According to preliminary reports, facial features of the deceased as well as tattoos found on body parts were indicative of people from south of Mexico and other parts of Central America.
Early reports had it that all victims were decapitated and/or dismembered and their body parts packed up in black garbage bags, but this was proven incorrect. The sicarios responsible for the Cadereyta Massacre must have run out of gasoline before each victim got a turn at the notorious Narco chainsaw treatment.
When they were found, many of the Cadereyta Massacre victims already started to putrefy signifying that killing took place at least 2 days prior to deposition on the highway. The authorities also haven’t discarded the possibility that the 49 were killed elsewhere and only delivered to the Cadereyta municipality for deposition.
Because many bodies were mutilated and started to decompose, usual means of identification may prove difficult so the authorities plan to turn to DNA tests.
The content of narcomensaje left with the victims was not revealed. As such, it is not 100% clear who was behind the massacre. What’s clear is that the Cadereyta Massacre is a result of bitter turf war between the Sinaloa Cartel and Los Zetas who fight for control of lucrative drug smuggling routes to the USA. All Mexican authorities said was that the following people were responsible for the massacre: Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, Heriberto “El Lazca” Lazcano and Miguel “Z-40” Trevino. The first two are two top Sinaloa Cartel men, the last two are two top Los Zetas men.
Perhaps the strongest indication that it may have indeed been the Los Zetas who butchered the 49 migrants is that the victims were uninvolved civilians. El Chapo has been making himself clear lately that he does not target civilians but is hell bent on sorting the Zetas out. There are many civilian deaths under the El Chapo’s belt though.
Los Zetas have been under intense pressure since coalition between the Sinaloa Cartel and the CDG (Cartel Del Golfo) was formed last year – which is something that the authorities only learned after Victor Manuel Felix Felix aka “El Señor” was captured in Tabasco state. El Señor is El Chapo Guzman’s brother in law. The documents he had on person when captured clearly indicated that an alliance between the Sinaloa and Gulf Cartels was a reality. And now they’re stepping on Los Zetas’ toes and unfortunately, innocent people get killed in the process.
Los Zetas distanced themselves from Cadereyta Massacre, claiming that they did not butcher the 49 migrants in Nuevo Leon and requesting thorough investigation by the authorities.
In the wee hours of May 15, 2012 several narcomensaje were found throughout northern Mexico, including Zacatecas, Guadalupe and Fresnillo with messages from Los Zetas.
Text on the banners said (in Mexican Spanish):
Javier del Real, Jorge Domene, Adrian de la Garza. El grupo zetas se deslinda de los 49 descuartizados en Nuevo Leon y les pedimos que antes de echarnos la culpa chequen bien, INVESTIGUEN. Hagan su trabajo como debe ser.
No solo porque van y les tiran un camion con cuerpos con un mensaje zetas, ya no van a continuar haciendo su trabajo. Y por hacer las cosas fáciles hasta conferencia de prensa están dando. Y así se quitan su responsabilidad de investigar.
Señores no sean tontos los que hicieron eso quieren que responsabilicen de eso. Por ejemplo cuando nosotros ponemos mantas decimos ‘Las Golfas’ y ellos se ponen ‘Golfos’, señores no sean tontos analicen las cosas y no hagan su trabajo a lo fácil. Ya para quitarse el paquetote ese y también pongase a pensar si lo hubiéramos hechos nosotros que nos cuesta tirárselos en Reynosa? Ellos los tiraron en Nuevo León porque es terreno de nosotros.
Srs. no sean tontos ni les sigan la corriente, investiguen, nos deslindamos de esos 49 muertos. Solamente los de Jalisco y los 9 colgados en Nuevo Laredo sí aceptamos nuestra responsabilidad y en la manta de Nuevo Laredo pongan atención y dice Golfas y chequen todas las que hemos puesto y dicen Golfas.
Los invitamos a que hagan su trabajo sin investigar y a los pendejos solo por quitarse la responsabilidad. Porque ustedes solucionaron el problema fueron los zetas. O cuantos detuvieron tienen que son los zetas. Que digan que ellos los mataron. No tienen ninguno, ni lo tendran porque no fuimos les pedimos al GOBIERNO FEDERAL QUE INVESTIGUE LAS COSAS
English translation according to Google Translate is:
Javier del Real, Jorge Domene, Adrian de la Garza. The Zetas group disclaims all responsibility for 49 quartered in California and ask that before placing blame on us well, INVESTIGATE. Do your job as you should.
Don’t just because the bodies were thrown in a truck with a message Zetas, you are not going to continue doing your job. And to make things easy to press conference being given. So take responsibility and investigate.
Gentlemen don’t be fools, whoever did this wants us to look responsible for it. For example, when we put banners up, we say ‘Las Golfas’ whereas they said ‘Golfos’, gentlemen do not be silly not to analyze things to make your job easier. And to take the load off, think if we had done it ourselves, we could have just dropped them in Reynosa? They threw them in Nuevo Leon because it is our turf.
Gentlemen don’t be stupid by following current investigation, we disclaim those 49 dead. We were responsible for 9 killed in Jalisco and those hanged in Nuevo Laredo and notice that our banner in Nuevo Laredo said GOLFAS as all other banners we placed said GOLFAS.
We invite those who don’t investigate thoroughly and assholes who wanted to be rid off responsibility. Because you solved the problem were the Zetas. Or how many of those detained said it was Los Zetas. They can say they killed them. You don’t have any, and you will never have any because we didn’t do it. We ask the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO INVESTIGATE THINGS