All About Zetas

CRIMINAL MIGRATION / 24 JAN 2014

A key witness in the trial for a Zetas massacre in Guatemala has revealed how the Mexican cartel's original high standards and demand for well-trained recruits with a military background…

MEXICO / 23 DEC 2013

The command structure of the brutal Zetas gang appears to have suffered existential blows under President Enrique Peña Nieto, according to a list of 69 crime bosses either captured or…

CONTRABAND / 11 DEC 2013

Millions of gallons of illegal petrol are flowing into Guatemala from Mexico each week, part of a highly lucrative regional trade that authorities are struggling to combat.

GULF CARTEL / 20 NOV 2013

US government documents obtained by a Washington DC-based non-governmental organization shed some light on one of the darkest periods in recent Mexican history: the multiple massacres of migrants between August…

GUATEMALA / 8 NOV 2013

Newly declassified US security reports highlight how the Zetas recruited men from Guatemalan Special Forces unit the Kaibiles for use in operations in both Mexico and Guatemala, underlining concerns about…

GULF CARTEL / 4 NOV 2013

At least 13 people have been killed in three separate gun battles in the Mexican border city of Matamoros, in what could be the first sign of a predicted upsurge…

GULF CARTEL / 30 OCT 2013

The Zetas and Gulf Cartel are imposing a toll on travel between two states in eastern Mexico, in a case highlighting the extent of the incursion of organized crime into…

GULF CARTEL / 22 OCT 2013

Authorities in northern Mexico will request greater military assistance from the central government in the face of a recent surge in violence, as concern mounts over the possibility of renewed…

EL SALVADOR / 15 OCT 2013

A Salvadoran man who sold illegal migrants to Mexico's criminal group, the Zetas, for $800 apiece has been sentenced to four years in jail, in a case that sheds lights…

GUATEMALA / 14 OCT 2013

Guatemala's authorities say Mexico has detained a leader of the Zetas who led the Mexican criminal group's operations in Guatemala, another significant blow to the Zetas' operations in this Central…

EL SALVADOR / 11 OCT 2013

El Salvador's President Mauricio Funes said hundreds of grenades stolen from the country's military were intended for the Mexican criminal group the Zetas, illustrating possible arms trafficking links between the…

MEXICO / 4 OCT 2013

Mexico has announced the arrest of an alleged Zetas member linked to the massacre of 17 musicians, in a case that highlights the struggle for social, as well as physical,…

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