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Topic - Los Zetas
Los Zetas Cartel is a criminal organization in Mexico dedicated mostly to international illegal drug trade, assassinations, extortion, car theft, and other organized crime activities. This drug cartel was founded by a small group of Mexican Army Special Forces deserters and now includes corrupt former federal, state, and local police officers, as well as ex-Kaibiles from Guatemala. - Source: Wikipedia
Julian Zapata Espinoza, a cell commander of the brutal Los Zetas drug cartel, pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in the District to the killing of agent Jaime Zapata and the attempted murder of his partner during a February 2011 daylight ambush on a major highway 250 miles north of Mexico City.
Guatemalan national Horst Walter Overdick Mejia, described by U.S. law enforcement authorities as a "critical link" in the drug trade between Colombian producers and the violent Mexican drug cartel Los Zetas, has been named by the State Department as a "specially designated narcotics trafficker."
The Mexican government is offering a $2.4 million reward for information leading to the arrest of armed men who torched a casino, leaving 52 people dead in what President Felipe Calderon condemned as an "abhorrent and barbaric" assault on men and women left to burn and choke to death in a blazing inferno.
Why did the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) let criminals buy firearms, smuggle them across the Mexican border and deliver them into the hands of vicious drug cartels? The ATF claims it launched its now-disgraced Operation Fast and Furious in 2009 to catch the "big fish." Fast and Furious was designed to stem the "Iron River" flowing from American gun stores into the cartels' arsenals. The bureau says it allowed gun smuggling so it could track the firearms and arrest the cartel members downstream. Not true.
A co-founder of the Los Zetas drug cartel suspected in the broad daylight ambush killing of a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent in February on a Mexican highway was arrested Sunday by law enforcement authorities in that country.