US Arrests 17 Suspected Members of Zetas Cartel Cell Operating in Texas

Brandon Darby and Ildefonso Ortiz, Breitbart, February 19, 2015

Federal agents arrested 17 suspected members of a Mexican Zetas cartel cell operating in Texas. Members of the cell moved massive quantities of drugs from the Texas border city of Laredo to Dallas, Texas. {snip}

The charges against them come from a federal indictment that a grand jury handed down earlier this month under seal and it was partially unsealed following the arrests.

The group, which is led by 43-year-old Erasmo Trejo Nava, is accused of multiple drug conspiracy and money laundering charges starting in June 2011.


According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Trejo Nava’s group moved those large quantities of narcotics to Dallas and then in return moved large quantities of bulk cash from Dallas to Laredo and then over the river into the Zetas-controlled Mexican city of Nuevo Laredo.


A federal agent who works under the umbrella of Customs and Border Protection spoke with Breitbart Texas on the condition of anonymity. The agent stated, “Due to the region involved, any large narcotics trafficking cell is going to be Los Zetas. They control the region with an iron fist. The refusal on the part of the federal government to name Los Zetas in their press releases on these matters is akin to the Obama administration refusing to name radical Islam in terrorist acts or identify the beheaded Egyptians as Christians. This cell was undoubtedly Los Zetas, just as any large narcotics ring in the RGV Sector is undoubtedly the Gulf cartel, and any large trafficking ring in the Tucson sector is undoubtedly the Sinaloa Federation.” The agent continued, “If we continue refusing to identify who we are fighting, how can we ever possibly win?”



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  • C’mon, don’t you pay attention to anything? Islamic terrorism is in no way related to Islam at all. And Mexican drug gang activities has nothing to do with Hispanics, and certainly nothing to do with immigration. It’s just a cargo discrepancy.

    • Oil Can Harry

      The new rules for 21st century Whites: You must never mention the race or religion of nonwhite criminals and terrorists.

      However, you must trumpet the race and religion of nonwhites who accomplish something positive, no matter how meager the accomplishment (“In today’s news a hotel in Canada has hired its first ever black bellhop!”).

  • Easyrhino

    This is yet another example of why the phony “war on terror” is a complete joke.
    If there was really a just cause to spend billions of the US tax-payers money on genuine terror threats that jeopardized the safety of US citizens then these psychopaths from south of the border wouldn’t be allowed to simply walk unchecked into the USA.

    What we really have is a complete lack of law enforcement by the US fed-gov unless the so called threat threatens blacks specifically then the knuckle-head twins (Holder and Obama) will jump on the cause with both feet.

    • ElGringo

      Everything is phony in this so called society. If it’s genuine and wholesome then it’s mocked and derided by the leftist scum bags or illegal.

    • mugg$

      Yep! Here’s proof that the war on terror is a complete and utter SCAM:

      “The twice-deported illegal alien who plotted a Chicago truck bombing with two of the FBI’s “most wanted” terrorists has
      received a sweetheart plea deal for yet another violation of U.S.
      federal law 18 USC § 1326 (Unlawful Reentry of a Removed Alien).
      In a federal court hearing covered by Judicial Watch, Hector
      Pedroza-Huerta appeared before the same judge—Frank Montalvo in El Paso,
      Texas—that also presided over another one of his immigration cases in
      2009. After conducting an off-the-record meeting with Pedroza-Huerta’s
      attorneys, Judge Montalvo issued concurrent sentences of eight and 15
      months with no deportation or supervised release for the illegal
      immigrant.” source: judicialwatch dot org

  • Luca

    Wow, 17 arrested!?! I’m impressed. Only 10,267,894 more to go.

    • Wing-nut.

      That’s just the ones in Texas.

  • Chip Carver

    The drug cartels behead and burn people alive all the time. Whether it’s from the Middle East or South of the former US Border, the fun is coming to the US for at least a short while before the whole artificial situation crumbles and usual suspects run off giggling leaving YT to clean up the mess.

    • IstvanIN

      Uncivilized, less evolved races.

  • dd121

    I guess Obama will give each one a check for 25k and sign them all up to vote.

    • You forgot free college and zero-down home loans.

    • ElGringo

      $25k is just the sign on bonus.

    • Johnny Appleseed

      Which hand did you use to pick that out of your backside?

  • Puggg

    Zetas. Well, it’s Z, so they’re at the end of the alphabet, so I guess it can’t get any worse.

  • Sick of it

    Forget identifying the enemy, if you’re not willing to take out the enemy you won’t win anyway. Bring out the chainsaws and Los Zetas will soil their pants when they think about smuggling drugs into this country. Bring out lawyers and courts…and they will buy them off then laugh in your face.

    • ElGringo

      We can’t do that though. Remember, we’re living in the “land of the free and the home of the brave”. We have to just bend over and take it because the sickening government thugs will murder us if we try to take control of our nation.

  • BloodofAlbion75

    Membership in a drug cartel should be a crime that warrants the death penalty.

  • Just here to commit the torture-decapitation murders that we lazy Americans won’t do anymore!

    • ElGringo

      I think it’s time that we got off our lazy asses.

  • ElGringo

    As long as they’re just killing illegals, liberals, and government personnel I have no problem with them doing what they’re doing. It also helps us that they’re killing off the welfare parasites with their drugs. We need the now worthless and contemptible “USA” to collapse and die that way we can cleanse it of the progressive liberal scum bags and government thugs and institute something to our liking.