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Zetas Mexican Cartel Leader Captured

July 16, 2013
Mexican Marines captured the brutal leader of the Los Zetas Mexican drug cartel early Monday in what U.S. drug enforcement officials called a major blow in the country's drug war.

Cartel Operators Plead Guilty In ICE Agents' Shooting

May 23, 2013
Four Los Zetas Cartel members entered guilty pleas today for participating in the ambush attack of ICE agents in Mexico in February of 2011. Special Agent Jaime Zapata was killed and Special Agent Victor Avila was wounded in the attack.

Mexico Confirms Death of Zetas Cartel Leader

October 9, 2012
The Mexican government confirmed Tuesday that its forces killed Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, the leader of the Zetas cartel, in a shootout Sunday. Mexican marines killed Lazcano in a small town in northern Mexico about 130 miles from the Texas border.

Turf Battle Splinters Mexico's Zetas Cartel

August 22, 2012
Reports in the Mexican media indicate that the Zetas may have split into two rival factions that are battling for control of the central states of Zacatecas and San Luis Potosi, as well as for parts of Yucatan peninsula.

Zetas Cartel Accused of Laundering Money With Horses

June 13, 2012
A federal grand jury has indicted Los Zetas cartel members in a conspiracy to launder drug proceeds by purchasing, training, breeding, and racing American quarter horses in the United States.

Gun Runner's Weapon Linked To ICE Agent's Murder

May 8, 2012
A 23-year-old Texas man has received a seven-year federal prison sentence for purchasing the gun later used to kill Special Agent Jaime Zapata.

Feds Arrest Army Soldiers In Murder-for-Hire Plot

March 27, 2012
Federal agents have arrested a current and former U.S. Army soldier who offered to steal weapons from Fort Carson, Colo., and organize a hit squad financed by a Mexican drug cartel.

SUV's Fatal Flaw Failed to Protect ICE Agents

March 23, 2012
The Mexican drug cartel operators who killed Special Agent Jaime Zapata on a trafficking route in central Mexico a year ago defeated an armored Chevy Suburban designed to defeat high-velocity gunfire, fragmentation grenades, and land mines.

Feds Extradite Cartel Member for ICE Agent's Murder

December 22, 2011
A Mexican drug cartel member accused of killing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agent Jaime Zapata was extradited from Mexico and is being held in the United States to face murder charges, U.S. Justice Department officials said Wednesday.

Cartels Exploit Children, Say Gang Experts

October 18, 2011
Mexican drug cartels are using children as young as 11 in their smuggling operations in Texas, Reuters is reporting. Six of the cartels, including the violent Zetas, are paying children $50 to move a vehicle from one area to another area, as well as using them as lookouts or for other tasks.

U.S. Targets Four International Criminal Organizations

July 26, 2011
The Obama administration announced new sanctions against four international criminal organizations on Monday in an attempt to cripple their reach into the United States.

Mexico Captures Zetas Founder Wanted In ICE Agent's Killing

July 5, 2011
Mexican authorities have captured Jesus Regon Aguilar, one of the three founding members of the Los Zetas drug cartel and a suspect in the killing of a U.S. immigration enforcement agent earlier this year. Jesus Rejon Aguilar, who goes by the alias "El Mamito" (Pretty Boy), was taken into custody on Sunday near Mexico City without a shot being fired.

Video: Mexican Army Seizes Narco Tanks Near Texas Border

June 9, 2011
A drug cartel created armored vehicles by converting trucks that can withstand fire from .50-caliber machine guns and grenades. The vehicles are covered with one-inch thick steel plating, air-conditioned and are sized to hold 20 armed combatants.

Mexican Drug Cartel's Narco Tank

June 9, 2011

The Mexican Army seized a pair of narco tanks used in the battle between the Los Zetas and Gulf cartels to control drug trafficking routes into Texas. Note: This video clip courtesy of Porvenirtv is narrated in Spanish.

Rewards Offered In ICE Agent's Slaying

March 30, 2011
The U.S. and Mexican governments are offering up to $5 million dollars and up to 10 million pesos for information about the shooting of two immigration enforcement agents in Mexico.

Weapon Used In ICE Agent's Slaying Traced to Texas Man

March 1, 2011
A Romarm-Cugir Draco 7.62x39mm that was legally sold by a firearms dealer in the Dallas-Fort Worth area was transported to the Los Zetas cartel operators who used it to attack special agent Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila Jr.

Six Zeta Cartel Members Arrested In ICE Agent's Killing

February 24, 2011
Mexican President Felipe Caldéron called President Barack Obama to tell him about the capture of Julian Zapata Espinoza, a reputed Zetas cell leader nicknamed "El Piolín" (Tweety), who is allegedly responsible for the homicide of Special Agent Zapata.

Cartel Operators Killed ICE Agent At Trafficking Checkpoint

February 16, 2011
Zapata and partner Victor Avila were traveling between Mexico City and Monterrey when they were stopped by cartel operators near San Luis Potosi. The agents were in a blue Suburban with diplomatic plates and identified themselves as diplomats.

Drug Cartel Challenge Coin Recovered

January 11, 2011
American and Mexican law enforcement agencies have recovered similar badges, patches, coins, flags and other items produced by the Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTOs). The items solidify military cohesion among cartel soldiers.

A Field Guide to Mexican Drug Cartels

November 22, 2010

At least seven major Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTOs) are primarily responsible for the $39 billion drug trade that floods narcotics across the U.S.-Mexico border. Here's a guide to the most active, and largest, cartels.

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