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The Mexican Drug War / February 14, 2011
By Pancho Montana


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 various Gulf Cartel sicarios (assassins) posing with two decapitated Zetas who were supposedly part of cell run by a guy called  “The Guide.” In the video, not only do they issue some pretty gruesome threats against two powerful leaders of the Zetas–Miguel Treviño (aka “Z-40”) and Heriberto Lazcano (aka “Z-3”)–but, well, it’s also kind of funny.

Check it out:

Here’s the translation of the first message, which is signed by “R1” (aka Juan Reyes Mejía González), a commander in the CDG (that’s the Mexican acronym for the “Gulf Cartel”) in charge of fighting the war against the Zetas in Tamaulipas:

Wazzup, fuckin’ stinky 40?! You oughtta first kill your girl, the one who made you look like a pussy (pendejo)–you couldn’t even handle your girl, and she got away from you and split.  And then she goes and turns on you and spills the beans to the DEA. So first take care of her, and then you can come fight me.

Do you remember what you did to the men who killed your brother? Well, that’s what I’m going to do to you and your brother, 42.

Sincerely, R1

(Note: At some point, R1 calls 42 “chueco mal hecho“, which means he was bad from the time of conception and born defective. They always have a “colorful” way of swearing and insulting.)


Here’s my rough translation of the second video “message,” signed by the whole Gulf Cart clan:

Look at this, fucking Lazcano! This is what’s gonna happen to anyone who tries coming to Reynosa. Here’s what’s left of those who worked for “The Guide” (“El Guía,” most likely a Zetas commander or cell leader). Now, I’m telling you “pipirrijas” [PM: I have no idea what this word means but it’s probably like pendejo, some sort of Tamaulipas slang that I’ve never heard it before] you better deliver “40” and “42” or have them delivered to me with bullet holes in their heads, and you better come and apologize to me on your knees because I already got half of what I said I’d take from you. We aren’t the ones running around telling everyone how bad-assed we are; it’s you who are the roosters, who can only measure your worth by fighting.

Sincerely, Gulf Cartel.

(Note: Illegal cock-fights are a popular sport among narcos. A couple of years ago I actually went to a couple of cock-fights that were being hosted by the plaza bosses for the Beltran Leyvas. This was like two or three years ago, when they were still alive, of course.)

So what are these messages all about? Well, if we are to believe the news, the Zetas are currently getting their asses handed to them by the Gulf Cartel, and the video messages are obviously meant to drive that point home, psychologically. What’s interesting about them is that they reveal just how deep the hatred between the two sides goes,  particularly towards “Z-40”. The messages also give a sense of how the narcos “talk” to each other directly…and the kind of verbal abuse, mockery and taunts captured Zetas have to listen to while they are being tortured—before they get their heads cut off and photographed.

Side note: When reading the comments section for this video on the narcoblog, I saw that someone made a comment about Aztecs fighting the Mayans and other tribes, that history repeats itself or some other shit like that. And it really got me thinking that Mexico hasn’t changed much from the human sacrifice days, before Spaniards in shiny armor and horses (and gunpowder) were mistaken for gods. We are still killing each other in ever-more gruesome ways–it’s strange how everything changes but also stays the same… But don’t mind me, I’m high as a fucking kite right now. Scored some quality weed, finally!

Another side note: To those of you who can read Spanish, I recommend the book Maquiavelo para Narcos if you want to get some good insight and perspective in how capos think and  how they run their organizations. The book is often compared to Machiavelli’s The Prince, and has been heavily criticized because it can also be used as a kind of how-to guide on how to become a narco. But the information in the book is pretty spot-on. Plus it was written by a federal agent—most likely a very dirty, crooked federal agent (who doesn’t use his real name, of course) because he seems to know a lot about successfully running a criminal enterprise.


Pancho Montana is the eXiled Online’s Special Mexican War on Drugs Correspondent.

As a native of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, located in northern Mexico, Mr. Montana lives in Gulf Cartel territory. That means the streets belong to the Zetas, a paramilitary organization trained by the Yankees and hired by the Gulf Cartel to keep things civilized and business booming. Although it could be that the Zetas won’t be around for long…

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  • 1. Michal  |  February 14th, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Chilling and gripping stuff right there. Thanks for the article.

  • 2. Derp  |  February 14th, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Derp derp derp!

    The more Mexicans the narcos kill in Mexico, the more Mexicans come to America!

    Stop killing Mexicans narcos, derp derp! Don’t make us invade your country! We know you have oil down there, derp derp!

  • 3. Eric  |  February 14th, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    You have a tough time scoring good weed in the heart of narco territory? If that isn’t some cosmic fucking irony, I don’t know what is.

  • 4. Pascual Gorostieta  |  February 14th, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    In many ways the Narco War is very reminiscent of the Mexican Revolution. A complex web of alliances, betrayals and very high death rate amongst the leaders. Hell, the elements of “caudillismo” found in the Mexican Revolution are very much alive in the narcos.

    It should also be noted that “R1” was the nickname of the legendary drug lord, Rafael Caro Quintero. It seems that the alliance that is forming to fight the Zetas is winning many hearts and minds by avoiding things like the extortion of businesses and kidnapping. Hell, most Mexicans didn’t mind the violence when it was Narco on Narco, my folks say that all the time.

  • 5. Hannibal  |  February 14th, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    I just had a brilliant idea; why not send the mexican narcos/ex-military to afpak, im sure theyd throw down with the best of the taliban/AQ. Heads would be rollin’ from Kabul to Cabo.

    Also, where’s the audio? i could have sworn the masked gunman mouthed “I GOT YOUR HEAD, I GOT YOUR HEAD RIGHT HERE, MANG!! GITSUM, I-SAY-I-SAY GITSUM!!!!!”

  • 6. pMX?  |  February 15th, 2011 at 12:53 am

    Pascual you are right.
    Most mexicans were ok with the violence as long as it stayed contained but the extortion rackets, kidnappings and whatnot have tarnished the image of the robin hood-type narco.

  • 7. postman  |  February 15th, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    What a bunch of tossers! That is happening when the gipsies are roaming free.
    I hope sooner or later the white man discovers his backbone again and takes over the management of the world, because otherwise such gipsies will still be around our grandkids, and our grandkids will hate us for it!

  • 8. South Texas Casachico  |  February 15th, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Pipirrijas = Pipi rojas = red dicks = ass fuckers.

    Probably typed it out on a phone. CLaBa ExiledOnine.

  • 9. Pascual Gorostieta  |  February 16th, 2011 at 12:41 am

    Also, “el erotico” is the weirdest Narco nickname I have heard and I have heard and seen plenty weird ones.

  • 10. julio  |  February 16th, 2011 at 12:57 am

    Man you need to bone up on your history dawg:

    First, the claim that the Aztecs thought the Spaniards were gods is highly dubious for multiple reasons. Any anthropologist or historian worth his salt will reject that theory.

    Second, the idiot who made a comment about the Aztecs doesnt know shiiiet. There is no evidence the Aztecs ever went into the Yucatan peninsula, where the mayans where/are at.

    Also “tribe” is no longer used to describe the Aztecs or Mayans. They had very sophisticated urban systems and should be considered a legitimate civilization, not barbarian tribes.

    HIstory matters. Please don’t take it for granted.

    Someone said a thing about the Mexican Revolution: there are similarities to be sure, but analogy breaks down very quickly, I think. There are some things to think about though:

    1) At the time of the porfiriato, major preference was given to foreigners over Mexicans. This is also the case today.

    2) In the porfiriato also,Positivism, a foreign philosophical system, was imported and heavily influenced policy. Neolilberalism occupies this space as today; both have helped the economy grow at the cost of ever growing socio-economic cleavages.

    3) Probably the most interesting thing: during the porfiriato, displaced people who became bandits, and later became revolutionaries, began to gain control of the North, e.g., Villa; meanwhile, indigenous uprisings demanding land reform and autonomy began to gain control in the South, e.g., Zapata.
    ^^ A strikingly similar situation is happening today. The narcos in the North are the modern bandits, the Villas if you will, and in the South the neo-Zapatistas and other guerrilla groups have staged what’s been called the first “post-modern revolution.”

    So, I can see how we would be tempted to make analogies, but again there are stark differences. Not sure what will happen. Another violent revolution is perhaps unlikely?, and unwanted?, but major reforms are necessary.

  • 11. Wyse Guy  |  February 16th, 2011 at 5:05 am

    Gold stuff Pancho Montana.

    #4 just echoed a white racist from the late nineties who said that some sort of new “Mexican Revolution”, matching the one that took place in the whereabouts of 1917 is likely to happen. Matching your analogy with that of Pancho Montana, the idea may be spot on.

    #7 To do what you say, the White Man would have to pull out the nuclear weapons. Are they willing to take that risk?

    #5 has a cute idea, but there is a problem with it, as poor Mexicans are already recruited into the United States Army and are fighting as much as they can in Af-Pak.

  • 12. muahaha  |  February 16th, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Fucking tacos are sticking it to each other … this is some funny shit. Don’t feel sorry for these assholes on either side. Fuck them all. Really. Fuck them all.

    If we could get them fight sand-niggers somehow, that would be goodsolution to the world overpopulation problem.

  • 13. Iconoclast  |  February 16th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Seeing as how much being a foot soldier sucks, the alternative must be so much worse.

  • 14. Yousif  |  February 17th, 2011 at 8:07 am

    cool heads

  • 15. The Handicap Robocop  |  February 17th, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Would full legalization have a noticeable effect on the Narcos?

  • 16. Seed  |  February 18th, 2011 at 8:21 am

    That NarcoBlog is pure torture porn. Every day they have a post about a killing, with detailed photos and grainy videos.

  • 17. postman  |  February 18th, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    @ Wyse Guy,

    First the white man should quit buying and snorting the gypsies’ coke.
    Then the white man should conquer the coke-growing territories, to produce his own.
    Then snorting his own coke will give him courage to push the big red button.

  • 18. Jack  |  February 19th, 2011 at 8:17 am

    When are they going to bring their party to the USA? I wanna see some narcos playing with the decapitated heads of Americans. That will be real fun.

  • 19. Legalizame  |  February 20th, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Calderón is a mental midget. He declares glorious war on Narcos when the real war is lost in the judicial system, a pyramid of graft perfectly controlled by the illegal cash flow.
    You can’t fight a war if your enemies are in command of your security and good part of your military forces.
    As for the inter/narco wars ongoing. The ones with the backing of the political bosses will win: Chapo, Mayo Zambada and a few others unnamed that control Mexico city.

  • 20. Zane Swanson  |  February 27th, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    What’s the story behind ‘ the killing of the brother of z40/Trevino ‘. Anyone know?

  • 21. Bradly  |  March 1st, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Hey all How do i get into contact with Poncho Montana

  • 22. Beltran  |  March 6th, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    I find it funny when Rednecks talk about invading Mexico. The U.S is knee deep in shite in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • 23. Meh  |  March 8th, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    I was about to write a considered piece based on my observations, but then I remembered that the Exiled censor is a busy, busy man that should not have to bother by whining little trolls like me.



  • 24. Herp  |  February 5th, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Herp! Herp! Herp!
    The cartels are armed by the US government.
    American banks launder billions of dollars of cartel drug money. Herp! Herp! The war on drugs is a lie, and derp is a douche.

  • 25. Fernanda  |  November 1st, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    It’s interesting that you describe the kind of violence that the war on drugs and drug dealing in general has generated and then say your high. I don’t mean to be preachy, I just find it interesting how most people don’t see the relationship between what’s going on and their own actions.

  • 26. Rich  |  May 3rd, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    @ #25

    So you’re saying just because he happens to live in Mexico he shouldn’t be allowed to get intoxicated ever? Pretty unfair, seeing as how every culture on Planet Earth except the Eskimo get high on one or more substances (and the only reason the Eskimo don’t is because nothing grows there). There really isn’t any “connection” between his perfectly normal (and human, and often healthy) desire to be intoxicated and the Mexican Drug war. Even if every Mexican stopped smoking weed the weed trade would continue because they sell it elsewhere – like I said, this is a fundamental human desire that spans all of human history.

    The real cause of the Mexican Drug War is the fact that the IMF and US forced Mexico into an austerity recession-turned-Depression to save American banks in 1995. Mexico was actually a damn near second world country until the Debt crisis, and now wages are at an all time low. This is not a hidden fact, it was openly reported in ever major finance journal in the 1990’s including the Fucking Wall Street Journal.

    It isn’t individual people’s personal decision in the consumer market that affects anything ever. Not in drugs, not in meat, not even in sweatshop labor. We can’t actually change capitalism with our own individual minds – we need legislatures and armies to actually make a batter world.

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