The Zetas’ top leader is dead and the group is seemingly splitting into pieces, but they remain Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s biggest security challenge. In this context, InSight Crime delves into the battle for Mexico’s industrial capital, Monterrey, getting to the essence of a criminal gang that defies easy definition.
The US State Department has offered a reward for information on Jose Maria Guizar Valencia, a US citizen who allegedly leads a Zetas faction in southern Mexico. Read More
Factions of the criminal organizations Zetas and Gulf Cartel announced the two criminal groups have formed an alliance, which, if true, would be a game changer in Mexico's underworld by ending one of the country's bloodiest criminal feuds. Read More
The violence of Mexico's so-called "war on drugs" has caught the attention of the international community, with calls for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to turn its attention to the country. If they're successful, high-level government officials -- or even leaders of drug trafficking organizations -- may be prosecuted in the Hague. But it's a difficult road ahead. Read More
The assassination of a business leader in Mexico's coal mining industry -- who had been accused of ties to the Zetas criminal group -- is a reminder of the links between mining and organized crime in Latin America. Read More
The stories of the captures of Walter Montejo, Elio Lorenzana, and Walther Overdick -- three of Guatemala's criminal capos wanted by the US -- shed light on the degree of mistrust, corruption and absurdity that marks the fight against drug trafficking in Central America. Read More