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Zetas in Monterrey

Zetas' leader Balazar Saucedo Estrada after being captured
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The Zetas and the Battle for Monterrey

The Zetas’ top leader is dead and the group is seemingly splitting into pieces, but they remain Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s biggest...
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Mexico 2013 Target List: Many Zetas, Little Impact

The command structure of the brutal Zetas gang appears to have suffered existential blows under President Enrique Peña Nieto, according to a list of 69 crime...
Zetas' leader Balazar Saucedo Estrada after being captured
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Part III – The Battle for Monterrey

In October, the Mexican Navy killed the Zetas' top leader, Heriberto Lazcano, alias "Z-3." Lazcano was a mythic figure, evident in the way the group marshalled...
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Part II – The Zetas and Monterrey Math

Just days after the fire at the Casino Royale, authorities captured five suspects, one of whom was a state policeman. Officer Miguel Angel Barraza Escamilla later...
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Part I – How the Zetas Took Monterrey

The Zetas have many sides. The group is at once sophisticated and ruthless, coordinating multi-caravan ambushes and sending hooligans to launch a wild assault on a...