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Paraguay President Profits From Mexico Contraband Cigarettes

Paraguay President Profits From Mexico Contraband Cigarettes

Paraguay's president has once again been identified as a beneficiary of Latin America's contraband cigarette trade, this time in Mexico, where black market cigarettes finance criminal groups like the Zetas and the Sinaloa Cartel. Read More

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The Zetas, once the military wing of the Gulf Cartel, are among one of the most violent groups in Mexico, with a growing presence in neighboring Guatemala. The Zetas started out as an enforcer gang for the Gulf Cartel, taking their name from the radio code used for top-level officers in the Mexican army. Not only are they highly organized, but their use of brutality and shock tactics -- petrol bombs, beheadings, and roadblocks -- has led the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to describe them as perhaps “the most technologically advanced, sophisticated and violent of these paramilitary enforcement groups." However, a series of arrests and killings of their top leaders, and a rumored split within the group, have left them weaker than before.

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