Latin America: Week in Review, Mexico

Mexico: Bodies Left At Veracruz Overpass Seen As Challenge To Zetas Drug Cartel

September 22, 2011 By Staff

Today in Latin America

Top Story — Mexican authorities said Wednesday that they believe the 35 bound and tortured bodies dumped by armed men beneath an overpass in the port city of Veracruz were connected to the feared Zetas drug cartel. While officials in Mexico did not say outright who they believed was behind the attack, a banner left at the scene threatened the Zetas and bore the initials “G.N.” The two letters appear to be a reference to a group aligned with Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, the leader of the Sinaloa cartel and considered the wealthiest drug trafficker in the world, according to a U.S. law enforcement agent. However the same official said it would be surprising to see Guzmán’s group making inroads into Veracruz as the Sinaloa Cartel chiefly operates out the Pacific Mexican state of its namesake. The state of Veracruz has long been controlled by the Gulf Cartel, but the Zetas have established a presence in the region after the government cracked down on their home state of Tamaulipas last year.

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