Campaigning last year, Mr Peña Nieto hammered his predecessor, Felipe Calderon, who, with support from the United States, had launched an offensive against Mexico’s main drug cartels with the removal of their top capos a first priority.  Most of the reported crimes, however, happen from Matamoros to Tampico on the Mexican Federal Highway 101, especially through the municipality of San Fernando, Tamaulipas and in northern Tampico. The Zetas are known for their brutal tactics, which include torture and beheadings. Today, Trevino, 40, who only took over command of the Zetas last year after his predecessor, Heriberto Lazcano, was killed in a gun battle with Mexican marines, finds himself in a high-security jail in Mexico City awaiting a trial that may not get underway for months or even years.  " In their defense, the Mexican authorities noted that Tamaulipas is safeguarded by federal forces, and that there is currently no correlation between the arrest in the U.S. state of Oklahoma and the situation in Matamoros and the rest of Tamaulipas. "They paid their bills and didn't cause any trouble," the director of the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association said. Composée dès son origine d'anciens membres des unités d'élite Grupos Aeromóviles de Fuerzas Especiales (GAFE), du Grupo Anfibio de Fuerzas Especiales (GANFE) et de la Brigada de Fusileros Paracaidistas (BFP). It prohibited Americans to travel outside the city limits of Reynosa, Nuevo Laredo, and Matamoros due to the risks of armed robberies and carjackings. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists reports that in Mexico, more than 50 journalists have died or disappeared since 2006. The capture of leader Miguel Angel Trevino Morales on July 15 follows the death of another leader, Heriberto Lazcano, who was killed by marines in October 2012. As they took him into custody, they were not only decapitating one of the cruellist drug cartels the country has ever seen, Los Zetas, they were also delivering a stark political message. When Mr Calderon took power in December 2006 there were four dominant gangs – the Gulf cartel, the Sinaloa, the Juarez/Vicente Carillo Fuentes and the Tijuana/Arellano Felix Organisation.  Nonetheless, his ranch – the Zule Farms – was seen suspiciously by many of his neighbors. In 2008, Treviño funded a horserace operation in Oklahoma with money he made through money laundering. As part of their campaign to expand their territory and fend off rival gangs, particularly the Sinaloa Cartel, Los Zetas advertised their murderous ways by leaving victims headless beside roads or hanging from bridges. According to a 2012 report by Stratfor, the Zetas are the biggest cartel in terms of geographic reach.  They could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted. Box 500 Station A Toronto, ON Canada, M5W 1E6. Previous stories. In fact, some of the horses used for the races had references to the drug world, like Coronita Cartel and Number One Cartel, to name a few.  When carrying out the transactions, they would often pay in large sums of cash, or use fake names, to cover up their identities and avoid being caught. " The quality of the horses they were buying and the amount of money they would spend to buy them "raised some eyebrows.". Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. Like the Zetas, the Gulf Cartel is based in Tamaulipas, and the two cartels have been engaged in a bloody turf war there, as well as in two other northern border states, Nuevo Leon and Coahuila.  He announced that if voted in, he will appoint Óscar Naranjo as his security advisor, a prominent Colombian police general.  Finally, Gregorio Villanueva Salas, nicknamed the Czar of Piracy for his involvement in the production and distribution of piracy products, was arrested by the on 14 June 2012.  The government ordered to ensure the care of the other 384 horses in the ranch. But with the trade worth $13bn a year, there are plenty more like him waiting to take over CBC News takes a closer look at Mexico's inscrutable, though notoriously brutal, drug trade.
 His successful record allowed him to gain social status and get a popular magazine to cover his daughter's wedding, where many well-known figures in the horse racing industry attended. Closed Captioning and Described Video is available for many CBC shows offered on CBC Gem.
 The raid in Oklahoma netted to Treviño Morales and his associates; however, several other raids were carried out by federal agents across the states of Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma, where he had properties. Based in Nuevo Laredo, in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, their area of influence includes the states of Veracruz, Chihuahua and Oaxaca.  According to reports by The Houston Chronicle, Treviño Morales was not laundering money discreetly; his tax records state that he made around $70,000 in 2008 and $58,000 in 2009, but he somehow managed to buy a giant spotlight for his ranch, buy huge portions of land during an economic recession, and make significant improvements to a company that was not known for making large profits. Los Zetas now operates in 17 states to Sinaloa's 16, but Sinaloa remains powerful. While the cartel is not above the violent tactics of the rival Zetas, Sinaloa is better known for buying off government and military officials, according to Stratfor. While primarily concerned with drug trafficking, the organization also runs profitable sex trafficking and gun running rackets.  In addition, it fits the proposed strategy of his likely successor, Enrique Peña Nieto. Stratfor reports that the Juarez cartel still controls the three main points of entry into El Paso, Texas.  Aside from being a senior member in the Zetas' financial sector, Villanueva was responsible for carrying out grenade attacks on schools, media outlets, and military bases in the border city of Matamoros, Tamaulipas.
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