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"El Taliban" Challenges Z40, Z-40 Responds with 14 Executions

August 15th 2012   ·   0 Comments

A new twist in drug violence has been seen in Mexico after a recent surge in fighting and executions that has reached the state of San Luis Potosi, a Mexican state that in the past has not seen such a high percentage of drug crime in comparison to other states, but is a place that is known to be dominated by a group of Los Zetas that conducts drug trafficking and other crimes.

On August 9 authorities made the discovery of 14 bodies that had been tortured and eventually executed were found in a van in the town of San Luis Potosi. The same day in the afternoon an intense shootout was reported in the same municipality, near the Monterrey Technological School, that left three suspected sicarios dead and sent chaos among the panicked community.

But more important is what the narco bloody conflict would reveal; a man who had been abducted to be executed along with the 14 bodies found inside of the van with plates from the state of Coahuila, but who was found alive by soldiers in a state of shock, gagged, hands tied behind his back and with visible signs of having been beaten, this according to a report sent by Notinfomex.

The man who was later interrogated in a hospital in the city of Potosi, said that he managed to escaped during the slaughter of the victims who had all been traveling in the van, managed to survive by pretending to be dead and seized the right moment to flee when the murderers were carrying fuel to go hide in the mountains.

As expected, the man would be questioned by members of the military, same military group that days later would reveal that the man and the group of men with him that were killed belonged to Los Zetas, and that his executors were also Zetas.

The man also revealed that Z50 or “Taliban”, a top leader of the criminal group Los Zetas had challenged the second in command of Los Zetas, Miguel Treviño Morales, “Z40″, and this was the reason the war started in order to take control of the Plaza of San Luis Potosi, resulting in the execution of 14 people by order of the command of Miguel Trevino against the personnel of the Taliban.

Presumably, previous intelligence reports had indicated that the trend of Trevino is of opportunistic and capable of betraying anyone, it was the reason after alleged abuse on his part, “Z50″ dared to challenge him, even spoke of a bad relationship between Trevino and the top capo Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, alias “El Lazca” or “El Verdugo.”

In regards to Lazcano, it is not yet known exactly where he stands in these circumstances, however reports indicate that he has broken within the organization, and if this is eventually confirmed, it would be a huge blow to the criminal organization that has been considered one of the bloodiest in world, as his separation from the organization makes Los Zetas vulnerable to their enemies and also against the Mexican law enforcement and military.

Thus, a new rift between the organization often called “La Compania”, arises from differences between organization leaders, the same as it happened in February 2010 when rift between leaders caused a war between the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas, who initially were allies and were part of the same organization, but the breakup unleashed a bloody war mainly in the state of Tamaulipas, that resulted in converting many border towns into “ghost towns.”

The federal government turned on all alerts
Given the recent events and the new information from the surviving sicario, the federal government sent its highest alert on the bloody war that is likely to break loose between the two leaders of the criminal organization (Los Zetas), an organization that has its roots in high-ranking elements of the military.

Knowing that “Taliban” is boss of the organization in Zacatecas, Aguascalientes, San Luis Potosi and part of Guanajuato, it is expected that a war struggle for control of drug trafficking turf will unleash as it already has in San Luis Potosi.

The federal government reported today that it will deploy 15,000 troops and Federal Police to in San Luis Potosi, Nuevo Leon, Guanajuato, Zacatecas, Michoacan, Coahuila and Tamaulipas, this in response to the surge of violence that has been taking place for about six years that is hitting Mexico very hard.

Knowing that Ivan Velazquez Caballero, or “Taliban” is as vicious as Treviño Morales, it is expected that Velazquez will try to avenge the death of his 14 sicarios unleashing a bloody war.

Source: Notinfomex


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