Los Zetas : The Most Dangerous Cartel In Mexico (Photos)
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Los Zetas : The Most Dangerous Cartel In Mexico (Photos)

Mexico City : Mexico | Mar 02, 2011 at 11:00 PM PST
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Los Zetas

Los Zetas Cartel is a criminal organization in Mexico which considered “ the most technologically advanced, sophisticated and dangerous cartel and dedicated mostly to international illegal drug trade, assassinations and other organized crime activities.

This organization was founded by a small group of Mexican Army Special Forces and now its members include former federal, state, and local police officers, as well as ex-Kaibiles from Guatemala.

Here are photo reports of key facts about the most dangerous cartel in Mexico after brutally killing Jaime Zapata, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent last month.

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The Zetas were founded in the late 1990s by about 40 soldiers who deserted from army special forces to work as muscle for the Gulf Cartel.
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  • The Zetas were founded in the late 1990s by about 40 soldiers who deserted from army special forces to work as muscle for the Gulf Cartel.

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  • The "Zetas" name comes from the radio code for top army commanders

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  • The Zetas split from their former bosses in early 2010 and are in the midst of an aggressive expansion drive, recruiting from Guatemala and Texas and co-opting existing gangs to do their dirty work.

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  • The group is headed by Heriberto "The Executioner" Lazcano, who is said to have a huge arsenal of grenades, automatic weapons and even rocket launchers.

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  • The Zetas are known for their brutality and are blamed for some of the worst atrocities in Mexico's drug war, including the murder of 72 migrants in August and the killing of a leading gubernatorial candidate in June.

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  • Mexican officials say the Zetas could have as many as 10,000 members across Mexico, Central America and the United States, more than other Mexican cartels -- although the bulk are likely small-time criminal affiliates who pay tribute to the gang rather than full-blown members

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