Members of the constituted Mexican government have traditionally allied themselves with members of the Beltran Leyva Organization (in its various permutations), the Colima/Millennium Cartel, the Sinaloa Federation (in its various permutations) and not with Los Zetas or the Michoacan Cartels (La Familia Michoacan/Los Caballeros Templarios. As a result, it’s not surprising that the Mexican Government puts so much effort into fighting Los Zetas and Los Caballeros Templarios (The Knights Templar).
On Monday July 15th, 2013, SEMAR, the Mexican Navy, arrested the Zetas’ supreme leader Miguel Angel Treviño Morales, alias “Z-40,” 17 miles southwest of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas state. Treviño’s bloodless arrest has been a cautious PR boon for President Enrique Peña Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), who came to office promising a drastic reduction in the violence caused by the counter- insurgency campaign launched by his predecessor of the National Action Party (PAN), Felipe Calderon.
Though Los Zetas did spring from the roots of Mexican Special Forces, they became a franchise operation where anyone who wanted to join in the drug business “bought in” to the Zeta organization. The original Zetas have been killed off or captured for the past five years and Angel Treviño Morales was one of the last of that original cadre to come to heel. But it doesn’t matter all that much because someone will fill his shoes with very little difficulty.
To be a successful trafficker, you need infrastructure pipelines within the US (and to a lesser extent elsewhere). Los Zetas has an intact network as does Los Caballeros Templarios, which means that no matter what happens to the cartel people in Mexico, SOMEBODY will rise up, take their place and take charge of the pipelines in the US.
When I say pipeline, I mean MANY THOUSANDS of independent pipelines. One group of lines for drugs coming in and another group of separate lines for the money going back. These pipelines are almost always made up of networked family members who have no apparent affiliation with the drug business. The pipelines are all independent from each other. There is no cross-pollination. Thus when law enforcement takes one off, it has almost no impact on the business. This explains in part why a one-ton arrest for meth or cocaine doesn’t impact the street price.
So the update summary is: more of the same. But you knew that.
The United States is more than ambivalent towards the direction the Mexican administration has taken in its struggle against narco-traffickers. The US Attorney’s Office has a racially focused agenda and everybody knows it.
Continued today at noon (Pacific Standard Time) here on Virtual Mirage.