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The Mexican Drug War / June 9, 2010
By Pancho Montana


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 the city’s northeastern sector.

The Zetas responded by blocking 16 major roads and intersections in city—the famous narcobloqueos never seem to get old for these guys—but it sure was no fun for those stuck in traffic for 5 hours today. As always, the vehicles were stolen and then used for the roadblocks, and were mostly buses and other “heavy units.”


The passengers who were booted out of the buses at the time of the hijackings described the Zetas as “young gangbangers,” basically new recruits from the toxic neighborhoods.

In return for the capture of their fat-faced boss, the Zetas did a little drive-by decoration of the facade of the AEI Installation (the State Investigations Agency) with a couple of grenades, to show government who the real authority is around these parts.

And where were the cops at this time, the public might ask? Well, since they received death threats, the authorities decided to close City Hall and call back all the cops to headquarters as a  safety measure. That’s some classic Mexican policing right there: the people suppossed to be keeping us safe are the first ones running for cover…

But back to the Zetas: I had heard the name “Tori” mentioned a few times while talking to friends who are in the know, so he’s probably an important figure, a pesado, and his people are not taking his capture very well. But I say, good riddance. The only good Zeta is a dead Zeta or at least a locked up and tortured Zeta in a dark cell in SIEDO. Now, all that the other cartels gotta do is grab the other Zetas: El Flaco, Taliban, 40 and Lazca and then we’ll be done with it. Just get it done!


I’m not talking about the drug biz. Hell no. I want them to sell and traffic drugs, as much as possible, to the gringos. I’m proud of the Mexican drug trade. But I—and just about every other person in Mexico—want the Zetas dead and bloody with their brains splattered all across the pavement. These guys aren’t drug dealers. If you want to know what the Zetas are, imagine if a division Taliban hoodlums—extremely well trained hoodlums—suddenly found themselves fully armed in a small Canadian town and decided to run things, decapitating the locals, issuing fatwahs, taking whatever they wanted because Allah commanded it and generally doing business like they were waging a holy war against the infidels in medieval times. Imagine that, and you’ll understand…

The details of the capture are scarce at this point, but all I can tell you is that the long, coordinated hunt for the Zetas here in Monterrey by the army, federales, marines and just about every other drug cartel makes it very clear to me that the Zetas have made Nuevo Leon, my state, their base of operations—and they have a firm hold. And the fucking Gulf Cartel is in large part to blame. They only care about reclaiming the plazas of Tamaulipas, and their purge war there has driven the motherfucking zetacuaches to Nuevo Leon.

The citizens of Monterrey can’t wait to see the final showdown to exterminate the Zetas, and everyone hopes and prays that rest of the cartels are not thinking about leaving Nuevo Leon for the Zetas. It would be a real bummer having to live under their rule.

Stay tuned for updates…

Pancho Montana is an eXiled 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.

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  • 1. pMX?  |  June 9th, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    “El Tori” is the jefe de plaza of the city of Monterrey not the state.

    The jefe of the plaza of the entire state, Nuevo Leon, is a man known as “EL Flaco” who operates out of Cadereyta. He is Miguel Treviño “Z-40” right-hand man.

    I wonder where Taliban “El 50” is operating right now? Maybe he got rotated to San Luis or Veracruz.

  • 2. pMX?  |  June 9th, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Do every zeta commander have to be a shit-faced fat-ass?

  • 3. Anonymous  |  June 9th, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    “the long, coordinated hunt for the Zetas here in Monterrey by the army, federales, marines and just about every other drug cartel”

    I’m sorry, but did you mean every cartel other than the Zetas? Or every cartel other than the Zetas, army, federales, and marines?

    To say it straighter, do you think there’s something to the idea that the military itself thinks the drug trade ought logically to be a nice orderly peaceful monopoly, and that as the most heavily armed group in Mexico, they should logically be it?

    Do you think there’s anything to Philip Caputo’s secondhand rumor that maybe the military is working with the Sinaloas?

  • 4. Anonymous  |  June 9th, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    pMX?, it seems like a job for a fat man. For one thing, it tends to attract people who couldn’t afford great food as kids, and pay them well enough that they can afford great food now. For another, it tends to keep them busy and security-concerned enough not to spend a lot of time at the gym. And for a third, a little fat could help provide a little padding when you’re facing a tablazo, or a grenade goes off near you and you get thrown around a little, or the car you’re in has to make some evasive maneuvers or stop a little more suddenly than expected.

  • 5. Tim  |  June 9th, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Well, no shit. The mexican army has been trying to bust the Zetas for years. They favor the Sinaloa Cartel like a muthafucka. The Sinaloanses are just smarter and more established with their official connections. The Gulf is gonna have to get some hustle on to survive.

  • 6. pMX?  |  June 9th, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    The Army doesnt protect the sinaloan cartel per se, the sinaloans have people on the inside, on the payroll, to direct drug war efforts against their rivals.

    The Army is just a tool in any Cartel´s kit, that´s why they almost all try to have at least some people on the payroll, so they can snitch on what the other´s are doing, or how the authorities call it”follow long, thorough investigations” or the famous “anonymous call”. Every puts the dedo on everyone right now.

    The reason the zetas are targeted is because their activities prey on the civilians for the most part, which creates a bad image for the regular narcos like the sinaloans who see the bad PR as bad for business.

    That´s the basis of the alliance between the gulf, sinaloa and michoacan: exterminate the zetas and put an end to extortions, kidnappings, massive car-thefts and all sorts of shit the zetas are in, and the violence of course, to restore the narco-trade of old, a business of gentleman like Amado Carrillo envisioned.

    But we´ll see what happens the beltran leyvas, Arellano Felix and the Juarez Cartel are not exactly on good terms with the Sinaloans so even if the zetas go the way of dodo there´s still plenty more people to keep this party rocking for a long time.

  • 7. pMX?  |  June 9th, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    Hey Tim, actually the BIG surge in violence was due to the civil war between the Zetas and the Gulf Cartel, who are being aided by the Michoacan Family and the Sinaloa Cartel.

  • 8. DarthFurious  |  June 10th, 2010 at 6:46 am

    I still want to see these guys take their show on the road to texas.

  • 9. Whythefuck doyouwanttoknow  |  June 10th, 2010 at 6:46 am

    How do I get to write articles for the exiled?
    First, I should not be a pussy and write a faggy anonymous comment but instead I should try writing a piece. No, I suck too badly. So all I’ve got is this–the anon comment forum. Shoot me, please.

  • 10. pMX?  |  June 10th, 2010 at 7:41 am

    It appear Mr.TORI was responsible for dissappearances and executions of military personnel in the city, he was also involved in the american embassy shooting and most recently, they are pinning the kidnappings of the Secretary and the Director of Roads and Transit in Monterrey, which were let go, not without getting sentenced by the creeps.

    Inside the house he as caught in the soldiers found various rifles, including a barret .50 cal, this scary weapon is becoming more and more common in the arsenals of drug cartels, so expect the fun to go up a few notches.

  • 11. Rosa Rodela  |  June 10th, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Why would you want to see this war in the streets in Texas. This is a Mexican goverment problem. Let them keep fighting this war on Mexican territory!

  • 12. pMX?  |  June 10th, 2010 at 10:31 am

    This is not the problem of one country. It´s not like the cartels are selling the drugs at gunpoint to the american druggy clients.

    Its Mexico´s problem because we´re right next door to the biggest drug consumer market in the world, add to that America is algo the biggest gun market in the world and you have a receipe for disaster.

    I for one support DarthFurious in his desire to see the show stateside.

  • 13. DarthFurious  |  June 10th, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Why? Because I hate fucking Texas and I hate fucking Texans.

  • 14. RecoverylessRecovery  |  June 10th, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Damn,these Mexican druglords son mas feos que pisar mierda descalzo.

  • 15. goat_farmers_of_the_CIA  |  June 10th, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    The guy looks like he was suddenly woken up and dragged out of bed in the very early morning… Or like the mug shot of a hamster that has just been taken out of its box by the nape of the neck… His expression says “Wey! Por que no me dejaron dormir una horita más?”

  • 16. pMX?  |  June 10th, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    NO..son mas feos que una pedrada en el ocico;)

  • 17. SweetLeftFoot  |  June 11th, 2010 at 2:51 am

    Barret .50 cals. Bejaysus. Read up on the PIRA South Armargh ‘Sniper At Work’ Unit and the implications on what this could mean for Mexican jacks (Melbourne slang for cops) and soldiers is pretty full on.

  • 18. pMX?  |  June 11th, 2010 at 4:33 am

    World Cup is about to start..GO MEXICO!! let´s beat the living shit out of South Africa.

    Vamos muchachos con todo!!!!

  • 19. DrogasH8r  |  June 11th, 2010 at 9:46 am

    Okay, I’m gonna say something really stupid that’ll blow your mind. But since I’m a serial dipshit commenter I can’t help it. Are you ready, folks? Drum roll please. And…here we go: If someone orders an antifreeze cocktail at my bar if I serve it to him I am partially responsible for his sickness.

    Same with drugs if you sell something to someone you know is probably going to ruin their life you’re partially to blame for that.

    The US is and will crack down more and more on Mexican cartels. Check the news on Project Deliverance.
    The more and more they do that the more the cartels are going to screw up Mexico. I’m sorry to say that but soon your eyes will see the truth when the cartels get desperate enough to sell crack to small children.

    If thats what it takes to open your eyes so be it.

  • 20. 16 Shells from a 30.06  |  June 11th, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    While trying to stomp out drug use, fascist fucktard governments have ruined far far more lives than illegal drugs themselves have.

  • 21. pMX?  |  June 11th, 2010 at 11:50 pm


    El Tory revealed that he also took part in the comando attack against the US embassy in Monterrey, at the time he was working under Sigifredo Talamontes “El Canicon”, one of the last BIG “pesado” zeta in the state.

    El Canicon, along with the Gory brothers terrorized Monterrey´s criminal underworld to submission and also killed a couple dozen soldiers before being rotated to the plaza of Cancun were they finally captured by Federal Forces.

    It´s like everybody ignores that taking out capos doesnt really do shit, it doesn´t help much in the grand scheme of things, the only thing this does is put the more stupid and dangerous people in charge. But it serves the US/MX media circus well.

  • 22. RecoverylessRecovery  |  June 12th, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    “It´s like everybody ignores that taking out capos doesnt really do shit, it doesn´t help much in the grand scheme of things, the only thing this does is put the more stupid and dangerous people in charge. But it serves the US/MX media circus well.”

    Exactly. Except I believe that each time a capo is taken-out he’s (sorry feminists, there aren’t any female druglords YET that I’m aware of) usually replaced by someone even SMARTER & more dangerous than the previous one. Kinda like what’s happening with the U.S. war of terror, uh ..I mean ‘against terror’ wherein each succesive Taliban and Al Qaida leader that’s killed is promptly replaced by ANOTHER one even MORE capable and effective than the one that came before them.

    The U.S. is unwittingly in effect HELPING these criminal organizations PERFECT their techniques & tactics by creating advancement opportunities for aspiring criminal masterminds.

    Whether it be the war against drugs or the war against financial fraud or the war against terrorism, until the U.S. learns to deal with the UNDERLYING issues that create these issues instead of dealing with just the symptoms, it is doing nothing more than putting a fresh new band-aid on an already festering and gangrenous sore.

  • 23. pMX?  |  June 12th, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    There ARE a few female capos; Sandra Avila Beltran, the very hot Queen of the Pacific and there´s stories about a female commander in the zetas “La wera”.
    Enedina Arellano Felix, the unofficial leader of the Tijuana Cartel. In tijuana there´s news stories about executions carried out by all-female comando, to name a few examples.

    There´s more females in positions of power than you might think.

    And the thing about the captured capos is that they are not replaced by SMARTER people, that´s the whole problem, the people who respected the unspoken rules of the trade are now gone and have made room for a new generation of ultra-violent coke-heads.

  • 24. pMX?  |  June 12th, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    All the “good” narcos are buried in ditches all over México.

  • 25. Timmy  |  June 13th, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Feo, fuerte y formal?

  • 26. this  |  June 15th, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    So the Zetas are hyper-violent organized crime supremacists and you compare them to the conservative-Pashtun traditional-violence Taliban? No other criminal, hyper-violent, ready to kill everyone and can’t get a hard on without torture Middle Eastern supremacist creeps tending to weight problems and those specific eyebrows spring to mind?

  • 27. RecoverylessRecovery  |  June 23rd, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    “Enedina Arellano Felix, the unofficial leader of the Tijuana Cartel. In tijuana there´s news stories about executions carried out by all-female comando, to name a few examples”

    The idea of being off’ed by an ensemble of hot mamacitas in tight leather outfits?

    KINKY, but it might just WORK. Should I wear something special for the occasion?

  • 28. RecoverylessRecovery  |  June 23rd, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    PS: wait a minute; “te voy a chingar papacito” has MORE than ONE meaning?

    Oh SHIT.

  • 29. nafa  |  September 21st, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    y que onda con el pinche pancho montana ya no a vuelto a escribir notas? que se lo hecharian los carteles por ahi por andar publicando shit que no devia? La neta sabe pero sus posts estaban chidos! que onda pinche pancho por que ya no has posteado notcias nuevas wey?

  • 30. Zane Swanson  |  February 6th, 2011 at 9:16 am

    It seems to me you’re rooting for Cartel del Gulfo. ” a good Zeta is a dead one ” ? Like all of these narcos aren’t just as brutal & vicous? I’d really like to know. Either your on the Gulfs take, very unbiased, but if that was the case one of these guys would’ve killed you for mentioning them. Makes me wonder if your working in safety across the border.

  • 31. Zane Swanson  |  February 6th, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Are you people living in caves? Your talking about the AFO & old times. Wake up! Shits changed, & there’s no going back. And for the Zetas being the only ones doing other crimes other than trafficking? Get the fuck out. No organized crime group that holds sway over a territory isn’t going to take over the home grown rackets as well as ply the drug trade, if you’re the dominant power, you’re taking every racket there is. Michoacan has fragmented to wher it’s members are robbing. The AFO isn’t even relevant. There is only 3 cartels left standing Zeta GdC & The Sinaloans. The sinaloans are the clear winners in this messed up war. While everyone fighting , Chapos men have gained major marketshares in Europe Africa Australia the Balkans, & now his envoys have sperm spotted making deals with Indian & Turkish Heroin smugglers. He is quite literally trying to take over as much of the worlds drug/crime markets as possible. It’s unprecedented

  • 32. AV  |  April 14th, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    As an American I have a real problem with YOU being proud of your drug trade-Really!!! Thats something to be proud of??? No wonder your country is so fucked up!!!!!

  • 33. El Flaco  |  December 24th, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    I’m just another dumb honkey reportin from the safety of my mom’s house pretending your on the front lines of the war. I hope the Zetas cut up my mom real nice

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