Tuesday, August 02, 2005

The entire battalion went AWOL?

Jerry Seper has an article in the Washington Times discussing the growth of an organization known as Zeta. 15 years ago, Zeta was an elite anti-narcotics paratroop battalion. Then one day the battalion deserted en masse and began freelancing for drug cartels. For Zeta members, duty and honor couldn't compete with the rewards offered by criminal syndicates.

The organization's hub, law-enforcement authorities said, is Nuevo Laredo, a border city of 300,000 across from Laredo, Texas. It is the most active port-of-entry along the U.S.-Mexico border, with more than 6,000 trucks crossing daily into Texas, carrying about 40 percent of Mexico's total exports.

Authorities said the Zetas control the city despite efforts by Mexican President Vicente Fox to restore order. He sent hundreds of Mexican troops and federal agents to the city in March to set up highway checkpoints and conduct raids on suspected Zeta locations.

Despite the presence of law enforcement, more than 100 killings have occurred in the city since Jan. 1, including that of former Police Chief Alejandro Dominguez, 52, gunned down June 8, just seven hours after he was sworn in. The city's new chief, Omar Pimentel, 37, escaped death during a drive-by shooting on his first day, although one of his bodyguards was killed.

Authorities said the Zetas operate over a wide area of the U.S.-Mexico border and are suspected in at least three drug-related slayings in the Dallas area. They said as many as 10 Zeta members are operating inside Texas as Gulf Cartel assassins, seeking to protect nearly $10 million in daily drug transactions. |Link|


eBohn said...

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Safety Neal said...

I decided that the old one was trite and wasn't very descriptive. That's all. Sometimes I search my blog for a link and descriptive titles are more helpful.