EXCLUSIVE: CIA cocaine supplier behind border town massacre
Monday, May 14, 2012
The alleged leader of the Sinaloa Drug Cartel, Joaquin Guzman Loera, aka “El Chapo”, has claimed responsibility for the beheading of fourteen suspected members of Los Zetas in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. Shortly after the massacre that took place during the previous week, Guzman sent threatening messages to the local authorities, telling them to stop denying the presence of his criminal organization in the area.
Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman is known for being listed by Forbes among the most influential and wealthy people in the world. He’s also known for supplying cocaine to CIA rendition aircraft being used for smuggling purposes, particularly during the October of 2007 scandal in Yucatan, where two of these aircraft were discovered with almost 4 tons of cocaine onboard. The cocaine belonged to ‘El Chapo’ and the Sinaloa Cartel. The aircraft, according to their flight schedules, which were obtained by the Mexican newspaper El Universal, were being used for CIA renditions.
According to reports from a private intelligence agency, Stratfor, Guzman has expressed frustration because his allies from the Gulf Drug Cartel have not been able to re-take the border town of Nuevo Laredo from Los Zetas. As a result, he has ordered fighters from the Sinaloa Cartel, and the Jalisco Drug Cartel –home of the death squad known as ‘Los Matazetas’ which translates to ‘Killers of Zetas’- to re-take that border town.
Last Friday, May 4th, local police found the decapitated bodies of fourteen people in a vehicle in front of the Customs Officers’ Association, located in the north side of Nuevo Laredo. The bodies were inside black plastic bags. This was apparently, retaliation against Los Zetas for killing and hanging members of the Gulf Drug Cartel from a bridge just hours earlier.
Soon after the discovery of the mutilated bodies, fourteen heads were also found inside ice coolers near another government building, which authorities believe belong to the victims found previously.
Near the crime scenes, banners were found, allegedly written by the Sinaloa Drug Cartel, calling for the mayor and local police to stop saying that El Chapo’s people do not operate in Nuevo Laredo. The threat to the authorities said “if you don’t stop using the official statement, saying that the Sinaloa Cartel is not in Nuevo Laredo, more of your friends’ heads will roll. Do you want more proof that we’re here? Do you want more Zeta heads, or perhaps yours to roll?”
The banners or ‘narco-mantas’ also threatened President Felipe Calderon. One statement said: “Mr. President, do you want to continue giving us the same candy-coated statements, mentioning that nothing is happening here as you finish your term? Keep doing that, and more heads will roll.”
In this narco-political war, in which former governors of the border State of Tamaulipas are currently being prosecuted for collecting drug money from both Los Zetas and the Gulf Drug Cartel, the town of Nuevo Laredo is the latest battleground. Nuevo Laredo is one of the biggest and most important border crossing points with the U.S. If los Zetas lose this stronghold, they can become more financially vulnerable, and they may lose the war against the Sinaloa and Gulf Drug Cartels.
Last weekend, Los Zetas launched a counterattack and killed 49 members of the Gulf Drug Cartel. Their mutilated bodies were found on a nearby highway that leads to the border with Texas.