Tagged: Los Zetas

Gulf Cartel’s top boss pleads guilty in U.S. court

(BREITBART) — by Ildefonso Ortiz and Brandon Darby

BROWNSVILLE, Texas — The man who once had full command of the Gulf Cartel during its heyday pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy and charges of assaulting a federal officer.

Jorge “El Coss” Costilla Sanchez went before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Morgan and entered a guilty plea to one drug conspiracy charge and two separate counts of assault on a federal officer.

From 2003 until his arrest in 2012, Costilla controlled the criminal organization known as the Gulf Cartel (CDG). According to the U.S. District Attorney’s Office, since the 1990’s the Gulf Cartel has been Mexico’s leading drug trafficking and money laundering organization in the northern part of Tamaulipas.

Costilla inherited the command of the Gulf Cartel from its previous leader, Osiel Cardenas Guillen, who is currently serving a 25-year sentence in a U.S. prison. Cardenas was arrested in 2003 and extradited to Texas in 2007.

According to prosecutors, Costilla-Sanchez was responsible for making strategic decisions and trying to manage the various factions of the Gulf Cartel, including Los Zetas who eventually broke away. Beginning in 1998, Costilla helped the Gulf Cartel move tons of cocaine and marijuana into the country through the international bridges in Hidalgo and Cameron County, as well as through the waters of the Rio Grande and through the Gulf of Mexico into the Texas coast.

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At least 242 bodies found in hidden graves in Mexico

(NEWSMAX) — Mexican authorities have found at least 242 bodies in hidden graves in the eastern state of Veracruz that were discovered by mothers searching for their missing children, officials said Friday.

The bodies were found over a six-month period, with the first discovered in August near the city of Veracruz by the volunteer collective known as El Solecito, formed by relatives of those who have disappeared.

The collective turns over the digging of the graves to forensic experts.

A total of 124 graves have been located and after combing through nearly all of them, 242 skulls were found, a senior official of the prosecutor’s office told AFP, on condition of anonymity.

Another person close to the investigation, who also asked not to be identified, said the graves contained “a lot of young women’s clothes, credentials, shoes and garments that look like they belong to inner-city kids.”

Veracruz, one of the most violent states in Mexico, is the scene of bloody disputes between the Los Zetas and Jalisco Nueva Generacion drug cartels.

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GRAPHIC VIDEO: Mexican cartel at border preps to incinerate victims’ hacked bodies, plays soccer with head

(BREITBART) — MATAMOROS, Tamaulipas — A leaked video obtained by the Breitbart Texas shows a crew of Gulf Cartel gunmen preparing to incinerate dozens of murdered victims. They are also seen playing soccer with a human head.

The incineration of victims is a long standing practice that allows the criminal organization to avoid scrutiny as well as help Mexican government officials continue to claim low crime statistics.

In the leaked video, a man holding a cell phone claims to be part of the Gulf Cartel and that the group is cooking “rats” or rivals members. The man appears to be holding a beer on the other hand as he narrates in Spanish the fate of their rivals.

In the background of the video, various other cartel members can be seen punching holes in 55-gallon drums and placing rocks and body parts inside. One of the men then asks for a “spark” referring to a lighter. The man with the cell phone then begins to kick the head of one of a murder victim as if it were a soccer ball. Another is heard stating that in a village, Los Zetas members had played soccer with the severed heads of children.

The date and the location of the video remains unknown, however the method of incinerating the victims remains the same throughout Mexico. “Cooking” is a term used to describe the incineration of bodies by cartel members. The murdered victims are hacked into pieces and placed either in clandestine crematoriums or in 55-gallon drums where they are set on fire. The practice of cooking victims not only helps cartels minimize scrutiny but also helps Mexican officials claim that crime continues to decrease since incinerated victims are not counted as murders. According to Mexican officials, without a body, it remains a missing persons case.

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Mexican mayor arrested after hundreds massacred and cooked in network of ovens, following Breitbart exposé

(BREITBART) — by Ildefonso Ortiz

Mexican authorities have arrested the former mayor of a rural community in the border state of Coahuila in connection with the kidnapping, murder and incineration of hundreds of victims through a network of ovens at the hands of the Los Zetas cartel. The arrest comes after Breitbart Texas exposed not only the horrors of the mass extermination, but also the cover-up and complicity of the Mexican government.

On Thursday morning, Coahuila state authorities arrested Sergio Alonzo Rodriguez, the former mayor of Allende, Coahuila, on the charge of aggravated kidnapping, information provided to Breitbart Texas by the Coahuila government revealed. Rodriguez was the mayor of Allende, Coahuila in March, 2011, when a commando of Los Zetas kidnapped dozens of people who were then murdered and incinerated.

Earlier this year, Breitbart Texas published the results of a three-month investigation into how Los Zetas were able to kidnap, torture, execute and incinerate approximately 300 victims–including women and children–between 2011 and 2013. Approximately 150 of the victims were taken to the Piedras Negras state prison where cartel members used 55-gallon drums to incinerate the human remains.

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Mexican hitwoman claims she has sex with corpses after beheading them and drinks the blood of the dead

(UK DAILY MAIL) — A hitwoman for one of Mexico’s most notorious cartels has made a stunning confession from her California jail cell: she claims to have had intercourse with beheaded corpses and drank their blood.

Mexican media reports that 28-year-old Juana – also known as ‘La Peque’ (the little one) – of the ruthless Zetas cartel made the admission from a Baja, California prison.

Juana said: ‘Ever since I was a little girl I was a rebel, and then became a drug addict and an alcoholic.’

Juana was born in Hidalgo, near Mexico City. She became pregnant at 15 by a man 20 years her senior.

To support herself and her child, she worked as a prostitute – until delving into the dangerous cartel world.

Juana said she got her start as a ‘halconeo’ – a lookout for police and army patrols, according to Central European news.

Her job entailed standing at a lookout point for eight hours at a time. If she failed, Juana said she was tied up and fed a single taco per day.

During her time working for the cartel she bore witness to a host of gruesome moments, including a man’s head being smashed open with a mace.

‘I remember feeling sad and thinking I did not want to end up like that,’ said Juana.

Her aversion to blood did not last long, however.

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A hitwoman for one of Mexico’s most notorious cartels claims to have had intercourse with beheaded corpses and drank their blood.

Los Zetas gunmen swim into Texas during firefight to escape

(BREITBART) — PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Coahuila — A group of five gunmen from the Los Zetas cartel crossed into Texas to escape from Mexican police after a firefight on the banks of the Rio Grande.

Members of Coahuila State Police followed information about an upcoming drug shipment to a rural area on the banks of the Rio Grande. They spotted five gunmen trying to cross drug bundles into Texas. As soon as the gunmen saw the police officers, they began to fire their weapons trying to keep them away. Mexican authorities fought off the attack forcing the gunmen to retreat. The gunmen left the drugs behind as they crossed the Rio Grande into Texas. Once on the U.S. side, they gunmen disappeared and have not been caught.

Breitbart Texas has confirmed with Mexican authorities that the firefight took place a little over two weeks ago just outside the El Moral rural community near the Mexican city of Piedras Negras, Coahuila. The scene of the shootout is not far from the Texas border city of Eagle Pass.

The gun battle on the edge of the river, was the result of an ongoing investigation into the current operational structure of the Cartel Del Noreste (CDN) faction of the Los Zetas cartel. Late last month, Coahuila police officers arrested the number two leader of the CDN in Piedras Negras. The arrest came after a fierce gun battle near the Rio Grande. According to authorities, the leader was only identified as 25-year-old Ernesto (last-name-unknown) who claimed to be the second in command for the cartel in the area.

In his statements to police, the man claimed that the criminal organization was preparing for possible efforts by their rivals to take over the “plaza” or territory from the CDN. The investigation led to the thwarted drug smuggling attempt that turned into a gun battle.

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Los Zetas cartel civil war brings kidnappings and executions to Mexican state bordering Texas

(BREITBART) — CIUDAD VICTORIA — Cartel violence continues to rain down terror in this city as two rival factions of the Los Zetas cartel fight for territorial control. The violence continues to hold average citizens hostage as cartel gunmen carry out kidnappings, executions and other violence acts in public venues and in broad daylight.

As Breitbart Texas previously reported, two rival factions of the Los Zetas drug cartel have spend a little over seven months fighting over the Ciudad Victoria, the capital of the border state of Tamaulipas. One faction calling themselves Vieja Escuela Z (Old School Z) with the help of another group called Grupo Bravo, have made a push for the city and tried to remove the faction known as Cartel Del Noreste (CDN). The later faction picked that name in an effort to distance themselves from the cruel practices commonly associated with Los Zetas.

Tamaulipas authorities have focused on kidnapping cases since cartel linked groups have taken advantage of the raging violence to target innocent victims for profit. Despite the violence, high ranking government officials have largely ignored the events and as Breitbart Texas previously reported, have ordered the release of captured organized crime leaders, much to the displeasure of police forces on the ground.

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Locals in fear as Los Zetas cartel civil war continues

(BREITBART) — CIUDAD VICTORIA, Tamaulipas — After seven months of brutal infighting, little has changed in this city as two rival factions of the Los Zetas cartel continue to fight for control. The number of brutal executions in the Los Zetas civil war continues to rise while residents continue to live in fear.

This week, authorities responded to a shooting in the Adelitas neighborhood. By the time police arrived they found the body of a man with multiple gunshot injuries. Despite the large deployment of military personnel to the area little could be done. Investigators simply photographed the scene, collected the evidence and picked up the body. Just one more victim in the raging war.

Just one day later, the Los Zetas faction known as Cartel del Noreste (CDN) murdered a taxi driver leaving the man’s body in a pool of blood just in front of his vehicle. Next to the body, the cartel gunmen left a narco-message threatening their rivals.

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