After the July 24 death of a Salvadoran policeman on a ranch in Mexico along the US border that Mexican authorities say was controlled by the Zetas criminal syndicate, explores why Jesús Elías was there in the first place.

The suspicion is that is he worked for the group. And he may not be alone, the article says. Several of his police comrades, including one who worked for the Special Antinarcotics Group (Grupo Especial Antinarcóticos – GEAN), may have joined him. The troubling case points to a trend: the Zetas  are penetrating El Salvador. Reports have emerged concerning gang connections to the Mexican criminal group. But this may be the first major indication that the Zetas are now penetrating the state. The article says its about economics: Elías, it says, would have been paid between $3,000 and $5,000 per month working with the Zetas.

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