Joaquin Guzman Loera aka El Chapo – leader of the Mexican Sinaloa Cartel, which happens to be the largest and most powerful drug cartel in the world has apparently had enough of Los Zetas. Here’s a bit of history on Mexican drug cartels and on what lead to an all out war between the Sinaloa Cartel and the Los Zetas:
Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano who started as Z-3 (third in command of Los Zetas), became the head of the cartel (Z-1) in 2004 after then Z-1 Arturo Guzmán Decena got killed and second in command (Z-2) Rogelio González Pizaña captured.
Los Zetas operate from out of Nuevo Laredo in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, which is directly across the border from Laredo, Texas. Needless to say – Nuevo Laredo is an important gateway through which drugs, including marijuana cocaine and heroin are smuggled into the USA. Whoever controls Nuevo Laredo, controls massive cash flow from the drug sales.
Los Zetas came to exist in 1999 when Osiel Cárdenas Guillén – new leader of the Gulf Cartel recruited services of retired army lieutenant Arturo Guzmán Decena whom he provided with enough money to bribe a few dozen deserters of Grupo Aeromóvil de Fuerzas Especiales – the Mexican Army’s elite forces to join him as armed enforcers for the Gulf Cartel (mercenaries would be a more accurate term, though).
As the income of Los Zetas grew, so did their power and influence over the Gulf Cartel. In 2010, under leadership of Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano (new Z-1), the Los Zetas broke apart from the Gulf Cartel. It is rumored that Los Zetas outgrew the Gulf Cartel because they expanded their sources of revenue into kidnapping, extortion, murder and theft – activities other large Mexican drug cartels steer away from, in order to spare uninvolved public from suffering.
Needless to say, what started as a group of enforcers for the Gulf Cartel soon became a pain in the neck of more than the Gulf Cartel. In February 2011, the Sinaloa and Gulf Cartels unleashed a widespread offensive targeting the Los Zetas operatives. Many were executed, beheaded and mutilated and their body parts displayed in public with narcomensaje containing warning that this will happen to all Los Zetas if they don’t stop with targeting civilians.
And now that Los Zetas also started to generate revenue by collecting for passage of drugs through Nuevo Laredo city, city which long belonged under control of the Gulf/Sinaloa Cartels, the big boss El Chapo himself decided to step up to the plate and address the Zetas leaders with warnings. Being military elite trained by the US special forces, Los Zetas are considered the most dangerous and advanced Mexican Narco cartel. But now they have the boss of all drug bosses pissed off at them. There is only one El Chapo and the warnings come from him personally.
Narcomensaje seen in these pictures were accompanied by severed heads and dismembered limbs of seven Zetas operatives. In the warnings, El Chapo specifically names the Zetas leader Heriberto Lazcano aka El Lazca (Z-1), Miguel Angel Trevino Morales (Z-40) and his brother Omar Trevino.
Miguel Angel Treviño Morales (aka David Estrada-Corado, El Catorce, Comandante Forty) is a 40th in command of Los Zetas (Z-40) but being a gatekeeper of Nuevo Laredo, he’s actually a very important figure. Z-40 is a former member of GAFE – the Mexican Army’s elite Airborne Special Forces Group trained at the military School of the Americas in the United States. Part of Miguel Treviño Morales’ training was the skill set to locate and apprehend Narco members. He also underwent training by the French, and Israeli special forces in aerial assaults, rapid deployment, marksmanship, small-group tactics, ambushes, counter-surveillance techniques, intelligence collection, sophisticated communications and prisoner rescues – holy fucking damn!
Throughout Nuevo Laredo, Miguel Treviño Morales is known for exceptional cruelty so his name is often left out from any news reports as well as the “Most Wanted” lists. He’s credited for being one of the main initiators of activities which took Los Zetas beyond trafficking of narcotics – extortion, human smuggling, and gunrunning.
Because Los Zetas do not honor or comply with the established truce, El Chapo Guzman called Heriberto Lazcano, Z-40 and Omar Trevino out, calling them traitors, openly challenging them and claiming Nuevo Laredo as his turf.
The narcomensaje with severed limbs reads:
Mira pinche 40 y L 42 estas manos se las pongo porque son unos pendejos peidos y culos, porque las veces que han hecho tregua ustedes las han tronado y ya se acabaron los basureros de juntar gente y que son una bola de basura y ratas… Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas es mío… Atte. El Chapo
Google Translate says it means:
Look at fucking 40 and L 42 I put these hands because they’re assholes and ass peidos because many times you have made the truce have already thundered and eventually dumps and gather people are a bunch of garbage and rats… Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas is mine… Atte. El Chapo
The narcomensaje with severed heads reads:
Para ser cabecilla de un Cartel se usa la cabeza pendejo y además eres un peido y repugnante piojoso, por eso has llegado por lamehuevos de Lazcano y serás siendo para mi un lava carros… Atte. El Chapo
To be leader of a poster you use your head and you’re an idiot and disgusting peido lousy, so you got to lamehuevos Lazcano and you will be for me a car wash… Atte. El Chapo
Then one more narcomensaje on its own reads:
Así es como se debe de acabar con gente pendeja, descuartizándola, todos esos ratas que roban y se la pasan secuestrando y matando gente inocente, yo te voy a enseñar como manejo mi Cartel que tiene 30 años, no como ustedes que eran unos boleros y lava carros y llegaron a donde llegaron por traidores… Atte el Chapo
This is how people should stop asshole, descuartizándola, all those rats who steal and pass it by kidnapping and killing innocent people, I’ll teach you how to manage my poster that has 30 years, not as you were about boleros and car wash and got to where they came as traitors… Atte El Chapo
El Chapo Guzman basically launched an initiative with a goal to exterminate Los Zetas, their leaders and all whom serve them. It must be mentioned that despite El Chapo’s current dedication to stick with truces and leave the civilians out of the turf wars, it was El Chapo himself who first broke the nonaggression truce that resulted in many deaths and including uninvolved civilians. Los Zetas, however seem to go much further with backstabbing and killing of the innocents: