HomeNewsBriefGulf Cartel's X20 Could Fill Zetas Power Vacuum: El Universal
BRIEF

Gulf Cartel's X20 Could Fill Zetas Power Vacuum: El Universal

GULF CARTEL / 19 JUL 2013 BY MIRIAM WELLS EN

As Mexico waits to see what will unfold in the wake the capture of feared the Zetas leader Miguel Angel Treviño, alias Z40, a commander in the rival Gulf Cartel is being touted as a possible candidate to make a violent play for power in the northeast of the country.

Mario Armando Ramirez Treviño, alias X20, who leads a faction of the divided Gulf Cartel known as the Metros, and consolidated power over the organization following the September 2012 capture of Eduardo Costilla, alias "El Coss," could be even more violent than his fallen Zetas counterpart Treviño, said the Mexican newspaper El Universal.

SEE ALSO: InSight Crime's Gulf Cartel Profile

The newspaper predicts Ramirez will seek to take back "plazas," Mexican underworld parlance for trafficking corridors, starting with the valuable "Frontera Chica" area, a stretch of Tamaulipas along the Texas border, which has been in dispute since at least 2010 when Gulf and the Zetas had a violent rupture.

X20 is powerful enough to take on the Zetas, the newspaper claimed, and could even have the potential to bring the Gulf Cartel and its former armed wing back together to form a formidable new organization.

InSight Crime Analysis

Like the Zetas, the Gulf Cartel has been riven with infighting in recent years, divisions in which X20 has played a significant role. A divide between two factions -- the Rojos, loyal to jailed former leader Osiel Cardenas Guillen, and the Metros, supporters of El Coss and Ramirez -- has seen members kill one another or set them up for capture.

Ramirez most formidable opposition, Metro leader Hector Salgado, alias "Metro 4," was killed in January in Reynosa, possibly double-crossed by X20. Fierce fighting followed. On March 10, several people were killed in Reynosa when gun battles raged for hours between the various factions. X20 subsequently consolidated his hold on the Gulf Cartel, Reporte Indigo said

The Zetas have fragmented even more than their rivals as numerous factions have declared their intention to go after Z40 and his brother Alejandro "Omar" Treviño, alias Z42. With the capture of Z40, any remaining hierarchy holding the organization together is largely gone, leaving them significantly weakened and vulnerable.

SEE ALSO: InSight Crime's Z42 Profile

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

LA FAMILIA MICHOACANA / 23 JUN 2011

A pair of recent arrests have underscored the increasing vulnerability of La Linea, once one of the most potent criminal…

LA FAMILIA MICHOACANA / 24 MAY 2011

A Mexican judge released 26 policemen who were accused of links to drug trafficking organization the Familia…

HEROIN / 14 NOV 2016

Two self-defense groups in Mexico's troubled state of Guerrero have accused each other of involvement in organized crime, illustrating the…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

Venezuela's Cocaine Revolution Met With Uproar

6 MAY 2022

On May 4, InSight Crime launched its latest investigation, Venezuela’s Cocaine Revolution¸ accompanied by a virtual panel on its findings. The takeaways from this three-year effort, including the fact that Venezuela…

THE ORGANIZATION

Venezuela Drug Trafficking Investigation and InDepth Gender Coverage

29 APR 2022

On May 4, InSight Crime will be publishing The Cocaine Revolution in Venezuela, a groundbreaking investigation into how the Venezuelan government regulates the cocaine trade in the country. An accompanying event,…

THE ORGANIZATION

InDepth Coverage of Juan Orlando Hernández

22 APR 2022

Ever since Juan Orlando Hernández was elected president of Honduras in 2014, InSight Crime has provided coverage of every twist and turn during his rollercoaster time in office, amid growing…

THE ORGANIZATION

Venezuela's Cocaine Revolution

15 APR 2022

On May 4th, InSight Crime will publish a groundbreaking investigation on drug trafficking in Venezuela. A product of three years of field research across the country, the study uncovers cocaine production in…

LA ORGANIZACIÓN

Widespread Coverage of InSight Crime MS13 Investigation

8 APR 2022

In a joint investigation with La Prensa Gráfica, InSight Crime recently revealed that four of the MS13’s foremost leaders had been quietly released from…