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Cartel message names mayor in Mexican border state of Coahuila as Zetas supporter

September 18, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Cartel message names mayor in Mexican border state of Coahuila as Zetas supporter

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The mayor of the Mexican border city of Ciudad Acuna, Coahuila has been identified in a cartel message as one of the men who allegedly affords protection to a faction of the Los Zetas drug cartel.

The message has been distributed by members of the Grupo Bravo / Vieja Escuela Z group and cautions about incoming violence in the border state of Coahuila–despite the fact that their rivals have protection from the government.

The explicit message issues a warning to a cartel leader known as “La Rana” or “The Frog,” who they assert is in Coahuila, won’t be protected by the local mayor from his death.

However, the message does not identify the mayor as Evaristo Lenin Perez, who is the current leader of the city. The text only refers to the politician as the President of Acuña because a Mayor is referenced as the municipality president in Mexico.

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Narcomanta accuses Evaristo Lenin Perez of having ties with Los Zetas

According to Breitbart Texas, for some time, there have been rumors circulating about Lenin Perez’s underground connections with drug cartels. However, he has not been charged.

Coahuila, much like the states of Veracruz and Tamaulipas, have had some of their top officials connected to Mexican drug cartels without any penalty.

Coahuila’s governor, Humberto Moreira, is facing accusations of money laundering for the Los Zetas cartel. Moreira was arrested in Spain and but have since released him from custody.

However, he and some of his former staffers have had residences and assets seized by U.S. authorities Moreover, two former governors of Tamaulipas, along with a former mayor, are currently considered fugitives of the U.S. Department of Justice for reportedly laundering cartel and bribe money through U.S. banks.

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The messages from rival groups of Los Zetas come at a time when the violence in various parts of Mexico remains out of control. Two rival factions of the Los Zetas drug cartel have been engaged in a brutal turf war over control of lucrative drug distribution and trafficking routes along the Mexican border.

Two rival factions of the Los Zetas drug cartel have engaged in a brutal turf war over control of lucrative drug distribution and trafficking routes along the Mexican border.

One group, who call themselves Grupo Bravo or Vieja Escuela Z, have been attempting to gain control from their rivals, referred to as Cartel Del Noreste (CDN).

The dispute between the rival cartel factions has led to near daily gun battles, kidnappings, dismemberments, beheadings, and other bloody and torturous methods of killing.

Earlier this week, Los Zetas gunmen captured a passenger bus and abducted 15 passengers that were traveling from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas to Coahuila.

Despite the fact that the crime took place in Tamaulipas, the Coahuila government publicly confirmed the mass kidnapping.

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