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Narco banners displayed by Zetas cartel prompts fears in Mexican border city

February 17, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Narco banners displayed by Zetas cartel prompts fears in Mexican border city

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Gunmen purportedly with Los Zetas Cartel are apparently laying claim to the Mexican border city of Piedras Negras, Coahuila by using propaganda to take credit for recent executions.

The Zetas faction, known as the Cartel del Noreste (CDN) placed five different narco-banners throughout the city taking credit for recent murders and various other attacks in the city.

According to local reports, the five banners all had similar messages in Spanish where they claimed that “Chapulines” or traitors would meet a similar fate.

The banners mentioned the nickname of recent murder victims including Pitbull, Hommie, Lauro, Pomo, and a survivor of an attack referred to as Wera Cocona.

All of the messages were signed by CDN “Commander 08,” an obscure figure who has yet to be publicly identified by authorities.

Narco banners displayed in Mexican border state causes concerns in border state of Coahuila

In addition to the banners, suspected Los Zetas members are tagging messages announcing their return to Piedras Negras

Prior to 2013, Los Zetas had maintained total control over most of Coahuila with the help of systematic government malfeasance among corrupt politicians and bureaucrats, unleashing a reign of terror with impunity throughout the entire border state region.

The cartel has been responsible for some of the worst mass atrocities in Coahuila, including the kidnap, murder, and incineration of close to 300 villagers from the rural communities in the northern part of the state.

The 2012 execution of the nephew of former governor Ruben Ignacio Moreira Valdez,  prompted authorities to act, leading to the creation of a specialized operations unit named Los GATES to hunt down the cartel with a ferocity.

The aggressive tactics employed by Los Gates eventually drove the Zetas underground.

However, the recent banners displayed throughout the city have generated concerns among the population who still recollect the days when Los Zetas were the masters of Coahuila.

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