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Five men, two of them ex-military, carrying explosives, weapons, flak jackets and T-shirts with the letters "MFG" were arrested in Jalisco, El Universal is reporting. The explosives are from the military, authorities said during the press conference presenting the suspects and the armament seized. The "MFG," they added, was a reference to the drug trafficking organizations Milenio, Familia (Michoacana), and Gulf (Cartel), three groups that have allegedly united to form an alliance against the feared and powerful Zetas organization, which was once the armed wing of the Gulf Cartel.
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Sunday, 31 October 2010 17:10

Tony Tormenta

Antonio Cardenas Guillen, alias 'Tony Tormenta,' headed up the financial and logistics side of the Gulf Cartel, which his brother, Osiel Cardenas Guillen, once ran with an iron fist.

Published in Personalities Mexico
Sunday, 31 October 2010 21:23

El Coss

Jorge Eduardo Costilla Sanchez, alias "El Coss," headed the Gulf Cartel, which has its headquarters in Tamaulipas, along the eastern part of the US-Mexico border. He was detained by Mexican marines in September 2012.

Published in Personalities Mexico

Officials in the Mexican government fear an increase in violence in the northeastern border region, following the death of Gulf cartel leader Ezequiel Cárdenas Guillén, alias Tony Tormenta, reported Mexico's El Nuevo Diario.

Published in News Briefs
Tuesday, 09 November 2010 15:46

Veracruz Mayor-Elect Found Dead

Authorities found the bodies of a mayor elect and two people who were accompanying him in Oaxaca state just hours after they were abducted from a restaurant by armed men, La Crónica newspaper reported.

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Mexico’s “Drug War” has generated its first displaced persons camp, consisting of 400 people taking shelter at a charity facility located in the border city of Ciudad Miguel Alemán in the state of Tamaulipas, reports the news magazine The Economist.  

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Mexico has sent more military and police to the Tamaulipas and Nuevo León states along the northeastern border with the US, in an effort to quell the violence caused by the rift between the Gulf Cartel and the Zetas criminal organizations.

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One of the most closely watched battles of 2010 was between the Zetas criminal syndicate and their former masters, the Gulf Cartel. The Zetas and the Gulf Cartel had held a tenous alliance since 2007, when the Zetas declared themselves independent, but the two split completely earlier this year when Gulf members assassinated a top Zeta operative and refused to hand over the assassins.

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Thursday, 06 January 2011 07:01

Nuevo Leon a Key Battleground for 2011

Gun battles have rocked Nuevo Leon during the first week of the new year. The border state is being contested by the Gulf Cartel, one of the oldest drug trafficking organizations in Mexico, and their former armed wing the Zetas.

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38 Mexican police officers in the small town of General Teran, in Nuevo Leon, abandoned their posts after a series of attacks from drug cartels culminated in the beheading of two of their colleagues.

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