The Zetas, Mexico’s most feared and violent criminal organization, have moved operations to Guatemala, penetrating local police forces and the military. They have made alliances with locals that permit them to launder their proceeds through agribusiness and public works contracts. They have also introduced a new way of operating. Beyond controlling the distribution chains and infrastructure needed to run the day-to-day operations, the Zetas are focused on controlling territory. In this they are the experts, creating a ruthless and intimidating force that is willing to take the fight to a new, often macabre level.

Part I: The Incursion

Part I: The Incursion

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Part II: The Modus Operandi

Part II: The Modus Operandi

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Part III: A Guatemalan Response?

Part III: A Guatemalan Response?

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