Fwd: Mexican mercenaries expand base into U.S.
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If I understand the problem on our southern, too many Mexicans are
destitute and willing to anything for practically nothing. Ok,
that makes sense.
But hey, why can't we see the millions of poor Mexicans plying our
interstates with their thumbs out? Certainly they aren't walking
all the way to Arkansas to work at Perdue. Their shoes would wear
out. They'd starve or die of thirst after 2 weeks on the road.
Drop the average American off at Mission, TX, and tell them to
head South, avoid the border guards, and find a company where
he/she could obtain menial labor, and see what he says. The task
would be beyond his capabilities. So to imagine that Mexicans are
coming to this country in this manner is absurd.
We know they have Coyotes to help them; but where do they get the
$1,500 to pay them. Some have the fee paid by the friends who made
the trek fefore them. We know the Mexican govt publishes "How to"
books and embassies assist them. But it's still a duanting task.
No matter how you cut the cake, millions of Mexicans can't afford
the price. At least not in cash. They have to be more creative,
Oh, well. Not to worry. It won't affect you. Besides, someone has
to pick the cotton, er, lettuce.
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THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Mexican mercenaries expand base into U.S.
By Jerry Seper
August 1, 2005
A renegade band of Mexican military deserters, offering $50,000
bounties for the assassination of U.S. law-enforcement officers,
has expanded its base of operations into the United States to
protect loads of cocaine and marijuana being brought into America
by Mexican smugglers, authorities said.
The deserters, known as the "Zetas," trained in the United States
as an elite force of anti-drug commandos, but have since signed on
as mercenaries for Mexican narcotics traffickers and have
recruited an army of followers, many of whom are believed to be
operating in Texas, Arizona, California and Florida.
Working mainly for the Gulf Cartel, one of Mexico's most dangerous
drug-trafficking organizations, as many as 200 Zeta members are
thought to be involved, including former Mexican federal, state
and local police. They are suspected in more than 90 deaths of
rival gang members and others, including police officers, in the
past two years in a violent drug war to control U.S. smuggling
The organization's hub, law-enforcement authorities said, is Nuevo
Laredo, a border city of 300,000 across from Laredo, Texas. It is
the most active port-of-entry along the U.S.-Mexico border, with
more than 6,000 trucks crossing daily into Texas, carrying about
40 percent of Mexico's total exports.
Authorities said the Zetas control the city despite efforts by
Mexican President Vicente Fox to restore order. He sent hundreds
of Mexican troops and federal agents to the city in March to set
up highway checkpoints and conduct raids on suspected Zeta
Despite the presence of law enforcement, more than 100 killings
have occurred in the city since Jan. 1, including that of former
Police Chief Alejandro Dominguez, 52, gunned down June 8, just
seven hours after he was sworn in. The city's new chief, Omar
Pimentel, 37, escaped death during a drive-by shooting on his
first day, although one of his bodyguards was killed.
Authorities said the Zetas operate over a wide area of the
U.S.-Mexico border and are suspected in at least three
drug-related slayings in the Dallas area. They said as many as 10
Zeta members are operating inside Texas as Gulf Cartel assassins,
seeking to protect nearly $10 million in daily drug transactions.
In March, the Justice Department said the Zetas were involved "in
multiple assaults and are believed to have hired criminal gangs"
in the Dallas area for contract killings. The department said the
organization was spreading from Texas to California and Florida
and was establishing drug-trafficking routes it was willing to
protect "at any cost."
Just last month, the department issued a new warning to
law-enforcement authorities in Arizona and California, urging them
to be on the lookout for Zeta members. An intelligence bulletin
said a search for new drug-smuggling routes in the two states by
the organization could bring new violence to the areas.
The number of assaults on U.S. Border Patrol agents along the 260
miles of U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona known as the Tucson sector
has increased dramatically this year, including a May 30 shooting
near Nogales, Ariz., in which two agents were seriously wounded
during an ambush a mile north of the border.
Their assailants were dressed in black commando-type clothing,
used high-powered weapons and hand-held radios to point out the
agents' location, and withdrew from the area using military-style
cover and concealment tactics to escape back into Mexico.
Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada in Nogales said his
investigators found commando clothing, food, water and other
"sophisticated equipment" at the ambush site.
Since Oct. 1, the start of the fiscal year, there have been 196
assaults on Border Patrol agents in the Tucson sector, including
24 shootings. During the same period last year, 92 assaults were
reported, with five shootings. The sector is the busiest alien-
and drug-trafficking corridor in the country.
U.S. intelligence officials have described the Zetas as an
expanding gang of mercenaries with intimate knowledge of Mexican
drug-trafficking methods and routes. Strategic Forecasting Inc., a
security consulting firm that often works with the State and
Defense departments, said in a recent report the Zetas had
maintained "connections to the Mexican law-enforcement
establishment" to gain unfettered access throughout the southern
Many of the Zeta leaders belonged to an elite anti-drug paratroop
and intelligence battalion known as the Special Air Mobile Force
Group, who deserted in 1991 and aligned themselves with drug
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