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The Mexican Drug War

The eXiled’s special Drug War Correspondent

MONTERREY, NUEVO LEÓN–I just learned that a friend of mine got his human rights violated by the Mexican army, when he was grabbed off the street by a couple of soldiers, thrown into some dirty room, tied to a chair, stripped of his clothes and interrogated with the help of a friendly blowtorch. The soldiers waved the flame close enough to his naked torso that, by the time they were through, it looked like a blackened rack of BBQed ribs. All that was missing was the BBQ sauce. (more…)

Posted on: May 18th, 2011 | Comments (20)

Wrong Turn in San Luis Potosi: Why Did The Zetas Ambush Two ICE Agents On A Lonely Mexican Desert Road?

The eXiled’s special Drug War Correspondent MONTERREY, NUEVO LEÓN–While meeting Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon at the White House today, Barack Obama is expected to discuss the idea of letting armed US agents operate on Mexican territory. You know, to help…

Posted on: March 3rd, 2011 | Comments (23)

Narco-War Dispatch: Gulf Cartel Releases A Brutal Video Threat Against The Zetas…

This brutal video, which just came out, pretty much speaks for itself…that is, if you can understand Spanish. If not, I’ll explain it to you so you understand what’s going on. It was filmed in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, and it shows…

Posted on: February 14th, 2011 | Comments (26)

Mexico’s Narco-War 2011: The Gulf Cartel Chops Up the Zetas

The eXiled’s special Drug War Correspondent MONTERREY, NUEVO LEÓN–Here we go again, a new year and a fresh new wave of narco-war porn to go along with it. If you’ve been paying close attention to the drug war in Monterrey…

Posted on: February 1st, 2011 | Comments (32)

The Mexican Drug War in One Lesson: Know Your Zetas!

The “Z” is for “Zetas” It’s been a long, long time since my last article, but believe me it’s not because there hasn’t been any news. If anything, it’s because too much has been happening too fast to really explain…

Posted on: November 1st, 2010 | Comments (18)

BREAKING NEWS: Mexican Army Captures Zetas Commander In Charge of Monterrey

This afternoon the bullets were once again flying over my city, as Mexican Army soldiers captured the JEFE DE PLAZA of the Zetas in Monterrey Héctor Luna “El Tori” (short for Hector), along with other collaborators in an operation in…

Posted on: June 9th, 2010 | Comments (33)

Globalization At Work: Mexican Cartel Uses LA Gang Formed By Salvadorians As Foot Soldiers In Mexico

Here’s some (graphic) proof that the Zetas are using Maras (a gang better known in America as MS-13) as shock troops in their fight for the plazas of Tamaulipas—not because they are good, but because they are cheap and there’s…

Posted on: April 23rd, 2010 | Comments (20)

Mexican Drug War Intel Report: Over 22,000 Dead, Police Detain 27% of the Zetas’ Foot Soldiers, Open Hunting Season On Cops…

Hey there drug war fans, I got some statistics to throw your way. While you gringos pay attention to the unemployment rate and foreclosure statistics, we here in Mexico track the national kill count—how many people died, who suffered the…

Posted on: April 14th, 2010 | Comments (26)

Mexican Drug War Spring Break Report: 30 Killed in Less Than 12 Hours!

How about this eXtra Hot Spring Break update: In Acapulco, the shit just got burning hot  again last week, with more than 30 people killed in less than 12 hours. I’ll do a proper update a little later. In the…

Posted on: March 22nd, 2010 | Comments (29)

eXiled Alert! An All-Out Drug War Erupts In Mexico: Deadly Firefights, A Prison Raid, Casualties On All Sides…

I told you I’d be updating the situation if it got hot, so here I am, because some heavy shit went down yesterday, when the army ran into the Zetas north of Monterrey. I don’t think that any of your…

Posted on: March 4th, 2010 | Comments (18)

eXiled Alert! Mexican Drug War About To Explode

So there are these narco-banners being hung up all around the metropolitan areas of San Pedro, Monterrey, Escobedo and San Nicolas. If you don’t read Spanish, here’s a rough translation: Mr. Felipe Calderon [that's our president]: With all the respect…

Posted on: March 3rd, 2010 | Comments (17)

Mexican Drug Cartels Raid Massive Rave Parties, Crack Down On Rival Pushers…

“Raise your hand if you like weed,” the gang leader asked the raver crowd. But nobody raised a hand or so much as moved. They were too scared. So he repeated his question, this time while firing a quick burst from his…

Posted on: February 28th, 2010 | Comments (30)

Immigration: Mexico’s Trojan Burro?

OK, so after taking some time off, courtesy of me moving back to the fucking stone age to a house with no internet or cable, I’m going to try and write on a little more regular basis. This time, I’m…

Posted on: January 5th, 2010 | Comments (53)

Mexican Drug War Dispatch: The Life and Death of Don Arturo Beltran Leyva

On December 16th in the town of Cuernavaca, Mexican armed forced cornered and killed Don Arturo Beltran Leyva, the country’s most powerful drug boss and one of the top three capos of the trade. Some people still don’t believe he…

Posted on: December 28th, 2009 | Comments (31)

Drug War Shootout: Mexican Special Forces Kill The King of Drug Lords Arturo Beltran Leyva

Quick dispatch with some groundbreaking news: Mexican marines shot it out with Arturo Beltran Leyva and his bodyguards in some luxury mall/department store in Cuernavaca, about 50 miles south of Mexico city. Unreal. The shootout—caught on tape—happened in the middle…

Posted on: December 17th, 2009 | Comments (16)

Mexican Drug War: The Narco-Welfare State . . . Drug Cartels Take Care of Their Soldiers Better Than The Government?

MONTERREY, MEXICO — Another day, another shootout. Forget about the tropical storm that hit the Pacific just now, it’s raining bullets in this biatch. It seems that every day there is another firefight in this or that part of the…

Posted on: October 29th, 2009 | Comments (15)

Mexican Drug War Dispatch: Viva La Narco Counterculture Revolución

Hello there! Hola to the few who still check out this column to learn about crazy antics of America’s favorite suppliers. Yeah, I know I haven’t been updating you for a while on account that I’m getting lazy (weed ain’t…

Posted on: August 14th, 2009 | Comments (23)

A Mexican Love Story: The Zetas And Their Corrupt Cop Bitches

Ok, so it’s been a while since the last update to this column. It is not that I’ve been THAT busy, I’ve just been a victim of my own laziness (I suspect it’s related to my pill and smoke habit…

Posted on: July 15th, 2009 | Comments (8)

No, I’m Not Dead: Swine Flu Dispatch From Mexico

I’d pork these fine swine flu mamacitas, the pandemic be damned MONTERREY, MEXICO — I’ve been meaning to do a dispatch on the Swine Flu ever since the “epidemic” broke out, but I have been too busy working and scoring…

Posted on: May 28th, 2009 | Comments (12)

Dispatch From Mexico: Bringing You Up To Date On Mexico’s Victories Against The Drug Lords

While news out of Mexico is being totally dominated by the Swine Flu scare—anything is better than the constant Drug War news, right?—I’m gonna go about a month back in time to tell you about the some of the high…

Posted on: April 28th, 2009 | Comments (4)

Mexican Drug War Video: School of Zetas

Here’s an entertaining/instructional cellphone video that shows one of the Zetas’ more preferred torture methods in action. It is called the tablazo. I wrote about it a few months back: It comes from the word “tabla,” or “board.” The kidnappers…

Posted on: March 31st, 2009 | Comments (11)

Shaming The Zetas: Mexican Army Takes Down The Badass Enforcer That Lobbed A Grenade At A U.S. Embassy

MONTERREY, MEXICO — I woke up the other day and started the morning off just like I do every normal day: by sitting on a bench in my front yard, reading the newspaper and toking. There’s a saying in Mexico…

Posted on: March 24th, 2009 | Comments (15)

Showdown in Monterrey: La Familia Vs. Los Zetas

It’s getting hot here in Monterrey, and if you’ve been reading my column lately, you know I’m not talking about the weather. Remember about the surge of military presence in the state I wrote about? Well I got to witness…

Posted on: March 6th, 2009 | Comments (49)

Dispatch From Mexico: Calling Bullshit on Gringo Travel Advisories

I saw that the US government posted an “extreme warning” travel advisory about Mexico last week and wanted to weigh in on the bullshit. If you’re traveling to Culiacan or Acapulco, or any major Mexican city for that matter, you…

Posted on: February 26th, 2009 | Comments (36)

This is a video of shootout that happened a few days ago (the same day the international bridge into America was blocked in Reynosa), that Yasha Levine sent along, asking me to decipher what the hell is going on. Well,…

Posted on: February 23rd, 2009 | Comments (19)