HomeNewsBriefBreakaway Zetas Form New ‘Zeta Blood’ Cartel: Report
BRIEF

Breakaway Zetas Form New ‘Zeta Blood’ Cartel: Report

GULF CARTEL / 18 FEB 2013 BY ELYSSA PACHICO EN

Mexican officials have identified three new criminal groups which splintered off from the Zetas, Sinaloa and Gulf Cartels, according to a report which cites unidentified sources from the National Security Cabinet.

Mexican newspaper La Jornada reports that the three newly identified groups are considered the most significant new threats in central and northern Mexico.

The groups include Sangre Z (Sangre Zeta, or Zeta Blood), a faction of the Zetas that rebelled against leader Miguel Angel Treviño Morales, alias “Z-40.” The faction was reportedly created by “Z-50,” an alias associated with Ivan Velazquez Caballero, alias “El Taliban,” who was arrested in September 2012. El Taliban is thought to have split from the Zetas after accusing Z-40 of betraying other members of the organization.

Another group reportedly identified by the National Security Cabinet is the Gulf New Generation (Golfo Nueva Generacion), formerly part of the Gulf Cartel. It is active in Matamoros, Tamaulipas.

The Gulf Cartel has previously struggled with infighting between two enforcer groups, the Metros and the Rojos, in Reynosa, Tamaulipas. The cartel suffered another heavy blow with the arrest of its top leader, Jorge Eduardo Costilla Sanchez, alias “El Coss,” in September 2012.

The final group, the Corona (the Crown), is made up of operatives once loyal to Sinaloa Cartel ally Ignacio Coronel Villareal, who was killed by the military in 2010. The Corona is active in several municipalities in Jalisco state and appear to be dedicated to fighting another local criminal group, the Jalisco Cartel – New Generation (CJNG).

The La Jornada report adds that the federal government estimates that there are currently 70 criminal organizations active in Mexico.

InSight Crime Analysis

All three splinter groups appear to have emerged after their “mother” cartel suffered a significant blow, usually the death or the arrest of a leader. The proliferation of such splinter groups is considered the most significant driving force behind Mexico’s ongoing violence.

As these new groups face internal upheavals of their own, it is likely that violence will continue at a high level in states like Tamaulipas and Jalisco. In one indication of future uncertainty, the founder of the Corona organization, Coronel’s nephew, was recently arrested, raising the question of who will assume control of the group.

Compartir icon icon icon

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.

Related Content

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 27 JUN 2011

El Salvador’s defense minister said that six soldiers recently charged with the attempted robbery of more than a…

GUATEMALA / 16 MAY 2011

The slaughter and decapitation of at least 27 people at a farm in north Guatemala is likely part of…

ELITES AND CRIME / 22 JAN 2016

Spanish authorities have detained the ex-governor of Mexico's northern Coahuila state on corruption charges, a case that highlights the…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

We Have Updated Our Website

4 FEB 2021

Welcome to our new home page. We have revamped the site to create a better display and reader experience.

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Events – Border Crime: The Northern Triangle and Tri-Border Area

ARGENTINA / 25 JAN 2021

Through several rounds of extensive field investigations, our researchers have analyzed and mapped out the main illicit economies and criminal groups present in 39 border departments spread across the six countries of study – the Northern Triangle trio of Guatemala, Honduras, and El…

BRIEF

InSight Crime’s ‘Memo Fantasma’ Investigation Wins Simón Bolívar National Journalism Prize

COLOMBIA / 20 NOV 2020

The staff at InSight Crime was awarded the prestigious Simón Bolívar national journalism prize in Colombia for its two-year investigation into the drug trafficker known as “Memo Fantasma,” which was…

ANALYSIS

InSight Crime – From Uncovering Organized Crime to Finding What Works

COLOMBIA / 12 NOV 2020

This project began 10 years ago as an effort to address a problem: the lack of daily coverage, investigative stories and analysis of organized crime in the Americas. …

ANALYSIS

InSight Crime – Ten Years of Investigating Organized Crime in the Americas

FEATURED / 2 NOV 2020

In early 2009, Steven Dudley was in Medellín, Colombia. His assignment: speak to a jailed paramilitary leader in the Itagui prison, just south of the city. Following his interview inside…