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Violence expected to escalate in northern Mexico amid reports of a further split within the Zetas cartel

December 6, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Violence expected to escalate in northern Mexico amid reports of a further split within the Zetas cartel

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In the latest twist in the shifting cartel landscape in northern Mexico, several banners hung in the Tamaulipas cities of Ciudad Victoria, Ciudad Mante and Matamoros announced the arrival of yet another splinter group that has derived from a split within the brutal Los Zetas drug cartel.

In the past year, Mexico’s most violent cartel has split into two rival factions, the Old School Zetas and Cartel del Norèste (CDN) who have gone to war over drug smuggling routes in northern Mexico.

Fighting between the rival groups has led to a brutal wave of violence which has engulfed cities in Tamaulipas and has since spread to the neighboring states of Nuevo Leon and Coahuila.

Shootouts, decapitations, beheadings, and attacks on business committed by both sides have remained an almost daily occurrence in the afflicted border areas.

The turmoil within Mexico’s underworld has also led to the emergence of a working alliance between the Old School Zetas and a faction of the Gulf Cartel, who have also splintered into warring sides.

To add complexity to an already chaotic organized crime landscape, a series of banners discovered in the city of Ciudad Mante and Ciudad Victoria, the capital of Tamaulipas announced the arrival of yet another criminal cartel.

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Citing sources within Mexican law enforcement, Breitbart News reported that group calling themselves the Cartel De Zetas (CDZ) based out of Matamoros consists of former founding members of the Zetas, allied with Gulf Cartel cells and relatives of imprisoned Mexican drug lord Osiel Cardenas Guillen, vowed to cleanse the municipalities of the Old School Zetas.

As the former Gulf cartel leader, Cardenas, who is currently serving a 25-year sentence at Colorado’s supermax prison, founded Los Zetas in the late 90’s by recruiting an entire unit of elite soldiers from the Mexican special forces to work as his personal team of paramilitary enforcers.

However, after the arrest and subsequent extradition of Cardenas to the United States, the Zetas broke away from the Gulf cartels igniting a brutal war for control drug trafficking routes.

The latest series of banners unveiled by the so-called CDZ also threatens anyone supporting the Old School Zetas.

Security experts say the emergence of another group will certainly lead to a further escalation of violence, which is not welcomed news for Mexican authorities, who have struggled to cope with an already deteriorating security situation in Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, and Coahuila.


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