Los Zetas Cartel is a criminal organization in Mexico dedicated mostly to internationalillegal drug trade, assassinations, and other organized crime activities. This drug cartel was founded by a small group of Mexican Army Special Forces deserters and now includes corrupt former federal, state, and local police officers, as well as ex-Kaibiles from Guatemala.
This group of highly trained gunmen was first hired as a private mercenary army for Mexico’s Gulf Cartel. After the arrest of the Gulf Cartel’s leader, Osiel Cárdenas Guillen, as well as other events, the two entities became a combined trafficking force, with the Zetas taking a more active leadership role in drug trafficking. Since February 2010 Los Zetas have gone independent and became enemies of its former employer/partner, the Gulf Cartel. (LINK)
The Wall Street Journal — LAS VEGAS — Mexican President Felipe Calderon reassured the travel industry that his country remains a safe destination for tourists even as drug gang-related violence continues to bruise Mexico’s image abroad.
“Mexico is a safe place to visit,” Mr. Calderon told attendees at the Global Travel & Tourism Summit in Las Vegas on Thursday. “Yes, we have problems, but we are being transparent. We are dealing with it and we are fixing it.”