Thanks for the explanation. My initial theory was that El Guerrero was probably killed on orders from his higher-ups. I used to think that there was no way a rival group could come into Matamoros, heavily armed, and have intel on El Guerrero's whereabouts. But I'm not so sure if I buy this theory now.
The attack was very indiscriminate of civilian bystanders, and I don't think the CDG/Zetas would do that on their own turf. We know the Zetas were brutal, but I think there was still some sort of "order" under Osiel. I don't think the CDG/Zetas would take one of their own out the way they did at such a crowded place in Matamoros. That brings too much attention and Osiel wanted none of that since he was under high scrutiny since December 2000, when he was indicted in Brownsville for the 1999 standoff with the two U.S. agents.
about 100 bullets were fired from automatic or semi automatic rifle into Jeep liberty where the guerrero and other victims were riding, Heres the video about firing AK47 with 100 rounds https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfpfSLdu6qo
all they've done was they arrested 19 year old boy that drove same blizzard pearl colored sedan. If you might look on the image all those bullets perfectly went trough the SUVs windows and that the attacker knew how to hold the GUNs recoil right, I think its impossible for 19 year old customs broker without any experiences to do something like that plus jumping on one of los Zetas that was known for doing high level criminal actions along side with other mates, putting his and his family life into danger.
Do you know anything about Decena's girlfriend whos mother owned restaurant in matamoros, where the decena was shot by Soldiers? After Decenas death she started dating some singer, theyve both were killed at hotel in 2007, even the hotel staff was shot to death by unknown group of sicarios
Interesting video! That was nuts. You're right, definitely a scapegoat...
I remember Zayada Peña Arjona (she had some good grupera music). In Matamoros her death was our version of Reynosa's Valentín Elizalde. But I had to refresh my memory on the girlfriend. Ana Bertha González Lagunas, right?
From what I remember, the assassins drove to the hospital where Peña was killed in a car with Texas license plates. Matamoros officials reached out to policemen in Brownsville asking for updates, but we know nothing more. Apparently the guy was a Mexican-American, likely from Brownsville.
Do you think Ana Bertha was the initial target? Her mother was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2005 for providing support to the Gulf Cartel. Apparently she managed some businesses from Osiel and Zetas founder Omar Lorméndez Pitalúa. The family met Z-1 via Omar. I wouldn't be surprised if Ana Bertha was laundering money and got Peña involved with / without her knowledge. Blanca Aidée Arjona, Peña's mother, believes Peña was killed by the Gulf Cartel because Blanca Aidée worked for law enforcement.
I don't think Osiel will return to Mexico, mate. He'll likely stay somewhere in the U.S. with an assumed alias and have to live the rest of his life in hiding. Remember he collaborated in identifying several Gulf Cartel/Zetas members and how they operated. He has family in Houston and Brownsville, but I don't see him anywhere in Texas. Too risky.
Possibly, but I think it's highly unlikely. His plea agreement is sealed, so we don't know for certain. But my gut feeling says the U.S. was willing to give him a soother sentence and safe haven in the U.S. upon his release in exchange for his intel. Much of what the U.S. knows about the Gulf Cartel/Zetas was thanks to him. Keep in mind he still has five years of supervised release once he's out, so that means he'll have to check-in often. A lot of his family moved to Texas after his sentence, and I'm guessing this may have been part of his agreement too (visas for his family, in exchange for intel about the underworld).
I also don't see Mexico wanting Osiel back. He destabilized the Almoloya prison for years, and the main reason why he was extradited was to put an end to some of crazy shit he was doing (e.g. organizing strikes, riots, smuggling cellphones, hosting parties, depositing money in prison guards' bank accounts, you name it). The PGR stated in his 2003 arrest that he would be tried in Mexico first ... we know how well that worked. Him back in Mexico is a huge security risk.
Do you happen to know what Mexican law says about double jeopardy for criminals convicted abroad? Maybe they can get him back for other charges that are not what he was sentenced for in the U.S. (he was sentenced for drug trafficking, money laundering, and assault). Maybe he can be tried for organized crime involvement, illegal possession of military-exclusive firearms, or murder?
under request of US Department of homeland security, Soldiers surrounded the prison as they were legitimately worried that Osiel's Zeta commandos might indeed have been able to penetrate the meter-thick walls of the facility, It seems that US didnt wanted Cardenas to escape at that time.
Even if Osiel will be freed he might stay in USA and keep very low profile just like Rafael Cardenas Vela aka C-900 leader of Ciclones done that before, I dont think if he will be back to Mexico to take control of Cardenas loyal branch CDG in Matamoros. I think there are still lot of dangerous people out in Mexico that he might have gave intel about. he could gave orders to free Z-12 but he is dead... Hell even Z-40 can gave orders from prison to his CDN dudes to hunt him down in Matamoros, IF that ever happened just my thoughts...
Can anyone confirm if the man below is Raúl Alberto Trejo Benavides? If so, can anyone help me find a picture of him without the text?
I'm working on Golfo/Zetas bios on Wikipedia and may write a short article about this guy if I find enough sources. I recently finished Raúl Hernández Barrón's bio and came across Mr. Trejo Benavides. I'm a bit confused because we posted here that Mr. Trejo Benavides died in 2002, yet he is also cited as part of the commando that killed Valentín Elizalde in 2006.
Yeah, thats really him. Some sources have wrong info by writting that he died in 2003. Raul was killed in May, 2002 during the Storm of el Chacho's(NL plaza owner at that time) house. At first he got injured by gunshot but later he died due to the lack of medical attention, and his corpse was left at Matamoros down town hotel.
According to the Source I read few months ago it said that after tracking el Chacho's hideout in Monterrey, his home was raided by about 30 Commandos dressed in fake Police uniforms.
Thank you! Would you be able to share the source with me? I'm gathering sources at the moment and think I can muster a short Wikipedia article about him. I found this source from Diario de Monterrey (now Milenio), but it only gives me snippet views of his 2002 death. Apparently the article is available in print at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City (I'm here for 10 days so I will try to stop by and see if I can review it). Thanks again for the help!
On the side of the Osielites, Raúl Alberto Trejo Benavides, El Alvín was shot. He died for lack of medical attention.
They left his body in a certain hotel in Matamoros. They leaked the version: He was a teacher "... and committed suicide for sentimental reasons." He was veiled at the La Paz funeral home and sent to his native Villa Hermosa, Tabasco.
Found this too, which I think should be enough to write a short bio. So from what I got, he participated in the commando that kidnapped El Chacho, but was injured, transported all the way to Matamoros and abandoned by his men at a hotel? If you find more sources let me know!
(Update): I posted this without realizing you had responded. Thanks for the source!
Yeah there are lot of versions, that Z-9 or Z-6 was an Trejo, Z-7 was Mamito and Z-8 was Winnie Pooh
Some sources even say that Z-6 was Winnie Pooh, Winny was like matermind behind engineering of prison breaks, Even Los Zetas would continue to use his tactics after his death
EDIT: We can believe that el Alvin is dead... as he couldnt ressurect after four years to practice in the killing of Valentin Elizade
Random and probably dumb question that has been asked before. I'm researching about Omar Lorméndez Pitalúa and noticed he was part of the so-called "Grupo de los 14" (14th Group), who were reportedly the first fourteen original Zetas members. Does anyone know who all of them were? So far I have the following:
1. Arturo Guzmán Decena, "El Z-1", killed in 2002
2. Alejandro Lucio Morales Betancourt, "El Z-2", arrested in 2001.
3. Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, "Z-3", killed in 2012
4. Mateo Díaz López, "El Z-6", arrested in 2006.
5. Jesús Enrique Rejón Aguilar, "El Z-7", arrested in 2011.
6. Óscar Guerrero Silva, "El Z-8", committed suicide in 2004
7. Efraín Teodoro Torres, "El Z-14", killed in 2007.
8. Omar Lorméndez Pitalúa, "El Z-9", arrested in 2004/2005.
9. Galindo Mellado Cruz, also "El Z-9", killed in 2014
Shall I assume that the code names were in chronological order? That would probably mean we could include Hugo Ponce Salzar "El Z-4", Luis Alberto Guerrero Reyes "El Z-5", Raul Alberto Trejo Benavides "El Z-9" or "Z-6", etc.