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Announced Zetas, Gulf Alliance Could Change Mexico's Criminal Landscape

Announced Zetas, Gulf Alliance Could Change Mexico's Criminal Landscape

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

Gulf Cartel Profile

Gulf Cartel

Gulf Cartel

The Gulf Cartel is one of the oldest and most powerful of Mexico’s criminal groups but has lost territory and influence in recent years to its rivals, including its former enforcer wing, the Zetas. Working with Colombian suppliers, this group moves drugs north from its stronghold in Tamaulipas, and is known to outsource other activities, especially those related to human trafficking, to local “enforcer” gangs. In the cartel's heyday, its boss, Osiel Cardenas Guillen, was considered the country’s most powerful underworld leader, and its enforcement arm, the Zetas, the most feared gang.

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