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The Mexican Drug War / March 4, 2010
By Pancho Montana


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 newspapers have covered this yet, so here’s the quick skinny:

• The main shoot out took place at 11:30 a.m. in Anahuac, north of Monterrey and about 50 miles from the Texas border. Six SUVs with tinted windows ran into an army convoy and started blasting away, killing two soldiers. The soldiers responded by killing eight of the sicarios (it could be six because on the news, they’re reporting that two of the bodies were rescued by their homeboys). According to eyewitness accounts, the Zetas were heavily armed and were responsible for starting the hostilities, leaning out of their cars and spraying soldiers with AK-47s and R-15s. Two soldiers were badly wounded and were flown to Mexico City to receive medical attention, but one of them died en route.

The news also reported that a chick was killed on the sicarios‘ side. While it’s not the first time, it is uncommon for girls to take part in gunfights. Not to put them down or anything, but firefights here are very savage and very brutal—not the best place for a chick to be. (As a side note: the Zetas did have a group of she-sicarias called “The Panthers,” but they were disbanded and forgotten eventually.)

• A second firefight took place minutes later at a nearby gas station. Witnesses say that the street was filled with gun-casings and that four more sicarios were killed. Anahuac, a small rural town, has turned into a ghost town after the soldiers and marines arrived there in force. Every civilian is ducking and covering inside their homes, as they should be.

• Later in the afternoon, the state prison was attacked with grenades. Only a prison intern was wounded and had to be evacuated to the University Hospital.

• That same day, 150 marines stormed a residence in Monterrey’s Barrio Antiguo, but they haven’t released any details about the results.

• The nearby state of Tamaulipas is also hot. A shootout took place on the National Highway at Km 17 between the army and the Zetas. Result: two dead sicarios. That’s the only information available on this one, but there’s so real need to know anything else. This was a simple “topon“, which is what happens when a sicario convoy runs into an army convoy: lock n’ load, fire n’ reload, interrogate n’ torture and so on…

• More narco-banners have been put up all around the city again, the same message about an anti-Zeta front. (See my previous post for an explanation.)

I’ll be updating with details and information as I get it. For now, read my last piece about the Zetas: Mexican Drug Cartels Raid Massive Rave Parties, Crack Down On Rival Pushers…

Here’s some photographic evidence:

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. Jack  |  March 4th, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Thanks for the update! Keep them coming!

  • 2. badnewswade  |  March 5th, 2010 at 4:30 am

    Holy shit! Have you considered going into the bomb shelter business?

  • 3. Karl  |  March 5th, 2010 at 4:45 am

    How come these gangsters aren’t better? They attack an army convoy and get six of themselves killed?? Maybe do an ambush next time and try not to get all of yourself wiped out, morons!

  • 4. Joe Stack's Financial Advisor  |  March 5th, 2010 at 5:26 am

    Jeez, no wonder the Texas Dept. of Public Safety issued a warning to would-be college spring breakers not to visit border towns; do a beer-bong, then get riddled with 7.62mm’s from the street.

    The only thing I don’t understand, is why this huge war broke out in the first place. It’s good for the CIA/black hat agencies that are the puppeteers, as supply gets hit and prices skyrocket; but surely the cartels know this, and would rather not have huge wars with the military?

  • 5. elizabeth  |  March 5th, 2010 at 6:44 am

    man it was one of my dads good homies got kiled after going to go eat with his wife he got cout in the shooting and died for no reson all my family is in a anahuac how u motha fukaz think i feel they cant even walk out the door every body in look down at home

  • 6. Rubicon  |  March 5th, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Geez, Pablo. Stay safe, keep your head down. Thanks for the reports–this is absolutely not being reported up here.

  • 7. scottxcbad  |  March 5th, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    The Zetas are going down the same road as Escobar and the Medellin Cartel. Maybe they can pull there resources together and make fortune dealing to all the addicts in Hell.

  • 8. cesar  |  March 5th, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    this is 2 days old, it was reported in mexican news, multimedios.

  • 9. Mx?  |  March 5th, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Another day another shootout in Monterrey, but its fine with me as long as they exterminate every last one of the motherfucking zetas

  • 10. captain america  |  March 5th, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    minor quibble, but when you say “leaning out of their cars and spraying soldiers with AK-47s and R-15s” you mean AR-15s, don’t you? like, the civilian version of the M-16, right?

  • 11. Toba  |  March 6th, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    The Mexican Government should make things hands off for the Army and just let them go at the cartels as how the Nazi Einzatsgruppen operated across Eastern Europe. That should take care of things.

  • 12. julio  |  March 6th, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    read this zine:

    its in Spanish.

  • 13. Jorge  |  March 6th, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    For what I’ve known the war is not that bad, but know they’re killing policemen also, and that’s good because all of them fuckers are Zetas, they just killed 3 of them of the San Nicolas municipality, they even had the graciousness to ask god to take care of the policemen families when they’re dead (the killers said that).

    Now they’re paying for years and years of extortion of the general populace. This is not an exageration, everyone on Monterrey knows that if you get pullover by a cop they’re going to try and steal you, even in broad daylight.

  • 14. El G  |  March 7th, 2010 at 6:38 am

    Muy buenos artículos Pancho! Tu ciudad está jodida en serio! Good thing that where I live the pasta base (something similar to crack) addicted thugs have .38 revolvers if they are reeeally lucky.
    The whole Drug War is absolutely insane and on the verge of surrealism. No wonder that many see Mexico as an almost failed state.
    I read a few press articles in Spanish and it calls my attention that when in raids, the marines arrest any state or local (municipal in Spanish) which were ”unsolicited”. It seems some local cops use their sirens to alert the sicarios that the marines are coming.

    Here’s a video (yes, in Spanish..) :

    A blog (also in Spanish) :

  • 15. El G  |  March 7th, 2010 at 6:53 am

    *any state or local cop

  • 16. Mx?  |  March 7th, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    In Mexico all kinds of m4s, m16, and ar15s are knowns as R-15s, “erre-quinces” or “erres”, just as every specimen of the ak47 family used here are known as “cuernos de chivo”.

    3 cops were executed yesterday inside their patrol car after they were disarmed by sicarios armeed with R-15s.

  • 17. mdesus  |  March 8th, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    From Guadalajara myself, but I also lived in morelia for a couple of years. I love your articles because they really do provide some real insight into what is happening on the ground. It makes me pretty bummed out that I have to explain to people that in general mexico is very safe. The violence only occurs within this somewhat limited sub culture. There is not general anarchy and chaos here. Most of the country live a very normal life working, fighting, loving, fucking. These fuck heads ruin it for everyone, and make all mexicans look like criminals.

  • 18. Pierre F. Lherisson  |  March 16th, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    This is the price third world countries are paying for accommodating this artificial paradise to mainly the G-8 nations. The best way to minimizes this problem is to reduce the demand for drug.
    The G-8 nations must identify the mores and value system within their population that engender importunate need for mood altering chemicals and exuberant predisposition to acquire those substances at any cost.
    They should take corrective actions to curb the demand for mood altering chemicals within their population.
    Reducing the demand for illicit drugs will reduce the supply network of illicit drugs. To best way to reduce this ongoing carnage is to curb the demand side of the equation. More demand generates more revenues and empower drug dealers with the ability to bought public officials. Thus, some of the people that are supposed to be a part of the solution become a part of the problem. It is preposterous to focus on the symptoms rather than the causes.

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