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Top Zeta Cartel Boss Is Not Mexican, But a U.S. Citizen and not Wanted in Mexico

November 20, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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One of the two heads of the ruthless Los Zetas Cartel is not Mexican but in fact is a U.S. Citizen with a clean criminal record in Mexico even though the region is where he conducts his operations.

The U.S. Department Of State slapped a $5 million reward for the capture of Jose Maria aka “El Charly or Z43” Guizar Valencia, who is alleged to be the leader of the southern faction of the Zetas responsible of multi-ton drug shipments as well as countless bloody murders in Mexico and Guatemala.

Los Zetas were formed in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s at the behest of Gulf Cartel boss Osiel Cardenas, who’s bloody campaign ensured his way to the leadership of the organization.

In order to maintain power, he formed a ruthless paramilitary wing of assassins, made of members of ex Mexican special forces, many of whom received training in the U.S., loyal only to him.

Over the span of the next decade, the Zetas  grew in power and influence. After the arrest of Cardenas, Los Zetas decided it was time to go on their own, which sparked a bloody war with their former bosses, the Gulf Cartel. Unlike other drug cartels, Los Zetas were out to prove they were the most treacherous drug cartel, known for their brutal tactics such as beheadings and mutilations.  Such action would strike fear in the heart of their enemies.

According to the Department of State, Guizar is a U.S. citizen and is from Tulare, California. Records state he is 35-years-old.

He is wanted on drug and money laundering conspiracy charges in multiple districts throughout the U.S. and the Department of State Is offering a $5 million reward for his capture.

Oddly, Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office is not offering a reward for Guizar’s capture and has no active arrest warrants for his capture according to Mexican law enforcement agencies.

Following the death of Zeta’s founder Heriberto “Z3” Lazcano and the arrest of his successor Miguel Angel “Z-40” Trevino, the leadership of the Zetas fell on Guizar and Trevino’s younger brother Omar “Z-42” Trevino.

According to U.S. law enforcement agencies, Guizar operates in the southern part of Mexico where he runs the the territories, which include key areas in Guatemala.

Guizar has strong family roots in the southern region of Mexico, which enables him to operated unimpeded.

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