Rogelio González Pizaña was sentenced only 8 months ago to 16 years in prison by a federal court, after spending 9 years in "custody". Then released by a court in Guadalajara just now. Must have been the Merry Christmas Bill at work again, never failing to secure justice for all.
Alejandro Lucio Morales Betancourt was the original proprietor of the Z-2 clave. Rogelio González Pizaña was with the Osiel Cardenas Guillen organization before los Zetas was formed, in fact, pretty early on, about the time El Coss came on along with bunch of other police officers Osiel Cardenas focused on recruiting first. So he was probably appointed to the Zetas leader position when that opened up after Arturo Guzmán Decena AKA Z-1 was killed in late 2002 because he was more trusted.
Who knows if he was assigned the Z-2 clave within the organization when he ran things. It is plausible. Perhaps they wanted to wipe out traces of Betancourt, who turned into protected witness Yeraldin and gave authorities valuable information about the structure of the organization. Or perhaps the authorities didn't do very good police work and just assumed the Z-claves were ranks. The AFI was pretty notorious and disbanded due to corruption.
At least, El Kelin was not named Z-2 by the media until recent years, way after his last arrest. He was definitely not an original zeta, but he could just as well have been a Tango, just like El JC, who came onboard about the same time. The Tangos shared work tasks with the zetas and overlapped.
Another side order, but the guy who helped free El Kelin in 2001, received a 20 years sentence.
Zetas founder Rogelio González Pizaña, Z-2 or 'El Kelin', was secretly released from the Altiplano prison
09:43Sunday 14 September 2014
Rogelio González Pizaña, known as 'El Kelín', founder of Los Zetas and lieutenant of the Gulf Cartel, was released in August after he was acquitted of organized crime and homicide charges.
Rogelio González Pizaña, known as "El Kelín" or "Z-2", former lieutenant of the Gulf Cartel and founder of Los Zetas, was released from the Almoloya de Juárez prison on August 30, 2014 after being acquitted of organized crime and attempted murder charges, sources of the Ministry of the Interior said.
A court in Guadalajara, Jalisco, changed the 16 year sentence given to him in January 2014 by another court in Toluca, State of Mexico. The new sentence was 6 years and 3 days in prison and a 101-day fine, a sentence that 'The Kelin' had already served because he was imprisoned in October 2004.
González was released on August 30 because the court only found evidence for the crimes of possession of firearms and cartridges for the exclusive use of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force.
The "stealth" release of Rogelio González Pizaña, also known as Rogelio Pizaña González and Rogelio González Garza, resembles the release of drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero on August 9, 2013, after spending over 28 years in prison.
The first nickname González had was "The Lord of the Beach', because he controlled the airstrip known as "Los Cuervos", located near Baghdad beach in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, where shipments were unloaded and put in speedboats to be sent to the United States, according to reports of the Mexican government
Besides being faithful to Osiel Cárdenas Guillén, held in the United States since 2007, the "Z-2" created a safety net in Matamoros and Reynosa that allowed him to operate without any restrictions and to escape police.