Narco Gangster Reveals the Underworld

Dane Schiller, Houston Chronicle, June 13, 2011

The elderly are killed. Young women are raped. And able-bodied men are given hammers, machetes and sticks and forced to fight to the death.

In one of the most chilling revelations yet about the violence in Mexico, a drug cartel-connected trafficker claims fellow gangsters have kidnapped highway bus passengers and forced them into gladiator-like fights to groom fresh assassins.

In an in-person interview arranged by intermediaries on the condition that neither his name nor the location of his Texas visit be published, the trafficker also admitted to helping push cocaine worth $5 million to $10 million a month into the United States.

Law enforcement sources confirm he is a cartel operative but not a fugitive from pending charges.

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If what he says is true, gangsters who make commonplace beheadings, hangings and quartering bodies have managed an even crueler twist to their barbarity.

Members of the Zetas cartel, he says, have pushed passengers into an ancient Rome-like blood sport with a modern Mexico twist that they call, “Who is going to be the next hit man?”

“They cut guys to pieces,” he said.

The victims are likely among the hundreds of people found in mass graves in recent months, he said.

In the vicinity of the Mexican city of San Fernando, nearly 200 bodies were unearthed from pits, and authorities said most appeared to have died of blunt force head trauma.

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Former and current federal law-enforcement officers in the U.S. said that while they knew Mexican bus passengers had been targeted for violence, they’d never before heard of forcing passengers into death matches.

But given the level of violence in Mexico–nearly 40,000 killed in gangland warfare over the past several years–they didn’t find it tough to believe.

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Just on Thursday, authorities in Mexico said they arrested members of the Zetas and seized 201 automatic weapons, 600 camouflage uniforms and 30,000 rounds of ammunition.

“I am not defending the Sinaloa or the Gulf Cartel,” Juan said of the Zetas’ main rivals. “I earn more money with the Zetas, but I know the (crap) they do,” he said. “They brag about it.”

With the recent killing of the ICE agent and perhaps other attacks, the Zetas also are breaking the golden rule for Mexican traffickers: Don’t kill Americans, he said. It brings too much heat.

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  • M

    The very existence of Mexico now constitutes a far greater threat to our national security than Iraq and Afghanistan ever did. The country is clearly in a state of near insurrection and dissolution, probably held together only by a universal culture of corruption. The Mexican government – such as it is – strikes me as similar to the Romanov dynasty of pre communist Russia – utterly clueless to the unrest and chaos that really “governs” what goes on there, and incapable to dealing with it and blind to what will come. Like they, the Mexican ruling class is concerned only with preserving their privileged status and wealth. They will do anything to that end, including exporting their problems to us. If we needed to invade anyone, it is Mexico. Martial law and military tribunals can then take care of the rest.

  • Tim in Indiana

    Hmmm…this is our next-door neighbor, and yet, aside from an isolated local story here and there, you don’t hear a word about this in the MSM…I wonder why?

    This kind of story should be national news every day of the week. If nothing else, it shows what kind of people our illegal narcotics money is supporting. I guess our MSM is too busy worrying about phantom racism to be concerned about trivialities like this.

  • idareya

    “The elderly are killed. Young women are raped. And able-bodied men are given hammers, machetes and sticks and forced to fight to the death.”

    When you read about things like this taking place today, it’s not so difficult to believe the tales you read about the cruelty of the Aztecs.

  • LOUDMOUTH57

    If anybody thinks these drug gangs from Mexico consist of nothing more than a bunch of crips and blood gang members they better think again. Check out Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano. Lazcano is the head of the Zetas cartel.Lazcano is an intelligent ,savvy, tough as nails and highly trained former member Mexico’s special forces.This drug cartel business is not a police or law enforcement issue. The drug cartel is a military problem that needs to be taken care of by the national guard or marines.

  • Anonymous

    Noticing that mexico has become like a bad sequel to the Mad Max films….is rayciss.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hQC3nkftrk

  • True Blue

    I doubt that the mexican government is anything but fully aware of what is going on. They are merely another cartel; crooked politicians wrestling for their bit -while using their military/police forces as the strongarm for the banking cartel -which in turn gives them a cloak of legitimacy.

    I will leave it to you good people to decide if the same forces are at work here, particularly given our amazingly lax southern border, and the efforts of Bloomberg and company to grant amnesty to criminal aliens.

    As for mexico being a greater threat than the middle east -you are absolutely correct; the simple statistics of criminal alien violent crime in this country far outweigh the middle east.

    Knowing that, let us all pray that our government maintains it’s lassaiz-faire attitude and does not decide to invade and annex mexico, thus granting back door amnesty to the entire population -and keeping the country’s wealth -mineral and land- in the hands of the very same cartels and politicians -and banks- that are turning it into such a violent narco-republic now.

    It isn’t a matter of either government not knowing what is going on, it is a matter of the people (here and there) not seeing what is happening -distracted by all the Hillary Obaaama puppetshows.

  • Anonymous

    Funny how the pentagon is so fixated on Iraq, Afghanistan, South Korea, Okinanwa, etc, while ignoring the ticking time-bomb right next door. Kind of reminds me of France. What good were all those bases, troops, ships, etc, scattered all across Indo-China, North Africa, etc, when the panzers were closing in on Paris in 1940?

  • rockman

    All this wonderful stuff and they can freely come here and our immigration laws are ignored. they bring their culture with them.

  • Sylvie

    “This kind of story should be national news every day of the week. If nothing else, it shows what kind of people our illegal narcotics money is supporting.”

    Yes indeed, coked-out actors, pop-stars and high-flyers of all types are supporting these gangs merely by ‘partying.’

    Only soul-less vacuum-heads take cocaine.

  • underdog

    Here it is straight from Culiacan, Sinaloa– Mexico. You needn’t understand Spanish to get the drift of the story.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0Ojw3S8a0Y

  • mark

    “Members of the Zetas cartel, he says, have pushed passengers into an ancient Rome-like blood sport……..”

    So it is our fault after all. The wonderfully peaceful Mexicans did learn it from our evil ancestors, the Romans.

    Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa……

  • Duran Dahl

    The present regime, and its propaganda organ, the MSM, is committed to the dispossession and ethnic cleansing of European-Americans. Non-white, criminal “youth gangs” are their shock-troops (true “domestic terrorists”) and will continue to get the “nod and wink” to prey upon white people without significant interference. We are now officially on our own. Their wet dream…to disarm white America. If they come for the guns, it’s “Katy bar the door!”

    “When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right.” –

    — Victor Hugo

  • Anonymous

    End prohibition and you end the majority of the drug trade, and from that drug trade violence. Yes, thousands will suffer (at their own hand) from drugs, as will their friends and families. But look at the numbers in Peru since they decriminalized most drug use.

    If you want to kick the legs out from under every drug cartel in Central and South America, end prohibition. There’s a reason the drug lords are for keeping their trade illegal.

  • ATBOTL

    The best argument for ending the prohibition on drugs IMO is that it will take billions and billions of dollars out of the hands of bad people and make crime a much less lucrative career.

  • Anonymous

    The “war on drugs” is now forty years old and has been a total failure, except for the people fighting it. The DEA has increased its staff 500% and its budget 4000% since that time. [source, The Atlantic magaxine.] NOW THAT’S PROGRESS! (At least for the people who work for the DEA). Call it the narcotics-industrial complex. There’s big money in this reefer madness for Washington’s people.

  • Anonymous

    Frankly, it sounds like that moment, back in 1990, where the daughter of the (cough) **Kuwaiti intelligence minister** came before an ignorant bunch of yutzes in the U.S. Congress and started wailing about ‘babies thrown from incubators’.

    You don’t recruit assassins off the street, La-Femme-Nikita style, by throwing them into a fight ring. First because I’m sure there are plenty of volunteers, given any decent pay at all and so why force someone who clearly doesn’t want to be there?

    If Las Zetas is headed by this supposedly super smart, ex-SOF, Lazcano character (right out of ‘Apocalypse Now’ on the wagged-dog scale), the notion that he is doing this as a funtion of recruitment is stupid. I’m betting that the real truth is that Las Zetas is not _anybody’s_ dog, and so they don’t ‘distribute the money correctly’ as some would like. On our side of the border where everything is for sale for a price.

    But only as a franchise operation.

    And hence the criminal groups are looking to ‘make a Federal case of it’ by tarring the one untaxed Cartel as -the one too many-.

    I also look at this ‘Juan’ character a little cross-eyed. If he was -really- shopping at Nordstroms of all places, he just bought his own noose because tracking credit cards or even cash purchases through an exclusive name brand store like that is -nothing-.

    So why would he be saying stuff like this from such an open point of exposure as a working Zetas member? And why would these Hanna and Vigil characters ‘now officially retired’ (and thus plausibly deniable) be backing him in suggesting _someone had to clean house_?

    Because the Las Zetas are doing business as free enterprisers in a fixed, rigged, system, that’s why. And perhaps because there is real if secondary (given the present political environment) pressure to continue towards an NAU style unification if Amnesty (and open borders chain migration) doesn’t make it an actual truth?

    Even this ICE agent’s death could be nothing more than a bought hit, on a _predictable_ stretch of open highway between the Capital and Monterrey. ‘Blame the Zetas’, who have no cover of legitimacy from anyone for their actions, and it could be any black ops SOF team that did it.

    All to ramp up the perceived need for yet another tax draining ‘intervention’.

    I’m sorry but that’s just the feeling I’m getting here. Someone is holding the cork in the champagne bottle as they shake it and looking to maximize the pop-and-fiz effect as a justification to either secure a business operation. Or to push The Big Agenda.

    Mexico is _ONLY_ our problem if we fail to build a fence. Like good neighbors should.

  • Julie

    #1 M,

    The games that our government has been playing on the border is responsible for the deaths of thousands. If the last three presidents and a large number of senators, governors, and mayors had not been pretending to enforce the law rather than really enforcing it, the Mexican drug cartels would not be in our country in large numbers. The Mexican cartels could not be as wealthy and powerful as they are if our leaders were serious about enforcing the immigration laws both at the border and within the country. “Catch and release” and sanctuary cities have been the rule for twenty years. Now Mexico is like Colombia in the eighties. What do they expect?