|
|
|
|
Search: 
Latin American Herald Tribune
Venezuela Overview
Venezuelan Embassies & Consulates Around The World
Sites/Blogs about Venezuela
Venezuelan Newspapers
Facts about Venezuela
Venezuela Tourism
Embassies in Caracas

Colombia Overview
Colombian Embassies & Consulates Around the World
Government Links
Embassies in Bogota
Media
Sites/Blogs about Colombia
Educational Institutions

Stocks

Commodities
Crude Oil
US Gasoline Prices
Natural Gas
Gold
Silver
Copper

Euro
UK Pound
Australia Dollar
Canada Dollar
Brazil Real
Mexico Peso
India Rupee

Antigua & Barbuda
Aruba
Barbados
Cayman Islands
Cuba
Curacao
Dominica

Grenada
Haiti
Jamaica
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Belize
Costa Rica
El Salvador
Honduras
Nicaragua
Panama

Bahamas
Bermuda
Mexico

Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Guyana
Paraguay
Peru
Uruguay

What's New at LAHT?
Follow Us On Facebook
Follow Us On Twitter
Most Viewed on the Web
Popular on Twitter
Receive Our Daily Headlines


  HOME | Mexico

Zetas Boss Dies in Shootout in Mexico

MEXICO CITY – The Los Zetas cartel’s boss in Nuevo Laredo, a city in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, died in a shootout with military personnel last week, the armed forces said.

Gerardo Guerra Valdez was killed last Thursday, the armed forces said.

Another Zetas cartel boss was among 13 gunmen who died in the shootout in Quila.

Guerra Valdez escaped from prison in June 2009, “causing the deaths of three inmates and a person visiting” the penitentiary, the armed forces said.

“He had been the Los Zetas boss in Nuevo Laredo since Aug. 2, 2011, following the death of Jorge Luis de la Peña Brisuelas, alias ‘Pompin,’” the armed forces said.

Nuevo Laredo, located across the Rio Grande from Laredo, Texas, has been a Los Zetas stronghold in the turf war against the rival Gulf cartel.

“Guerra participated actively in the violent acts that his criminal organization committed along the border” and was “one of the (gunmen) closest to and most trusted” by boss Miguel Angel Trevillo Morales, the armed forces said.

Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, known as “El Lazca,” deserted from the Mexican army in 1999 and formed Los Zetas with three other soldiers, all members of an elite special operations unit, becoming the armed wing of the Gulf drug cartel.

After several years on the payroll of the Gulf cartel, Los Zetas, considered Mexico’s most violent criminal organization, went into the drug business on their own account and now control several lucrative territories.

Mexico’s drug war death toll stood at 47,515 from December 2006 to Sept. 30.

The murder total has grown every year of President Felipe Calderon’s military offensive against the well-funded, heavily armed drug cartels.

Unofficial tallies published in December by independent daily La Jornada put the death toll from Mexico’s drug war at more than 50,000. EFE
 

Enter your email address to subscribe to free headlines (and great cartoons so every email has a happy ending!) from the Latin American Herald Tribune:

 

Copyright Latin American Herald Tribune - 2005-2019 © All rights reserved