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The Z is for Zeta

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 the situation―even by Mexico’s Drug War standards, the news here is a fast-moving target and getting faster―and bloodier―by the day. I haven’t been able to finish a fucking paragraph without some new and bigger development changing the game.

If you’ve been paying attention to Monterrey’s drug wars (that’s my beat), then you probably heard about how there are roadblocks all over the city, and how there’s a kind of civil war going on, pitting the Gulf Cartel against their former armed wing, Los Zetas. And while it’s true that this mostly accounts for all the recent carnage, to understand the recent dark turn of events, you have to backtrack a bit. (more…)

November 1st, 2010 | Comments (18)

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…

April 14th, 2010 | Comments (26)

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…

March 6th, 2009 | Comments (49)