On May 13, 2012, 49 mutilated bodies turned up, outside the small village of San Juan. The bodies were piled up on the side of the highway leading to Reynosa. But before we delve deeper into how this massacre was covered up, let’s lay out some ground work.
A Sleepy Little Town
San Juan is very small village close to the town of Cadereyt, just outside of the city of Monterrey. Cadereyt was a lazy town, best known for its churches and heat. It is also home to some amazing grottos. But in the war that has engulfed Mexico it will be known for something else entirely.
The Emergence El Loko
Cadereyt along with Allende were placed under the control of El Loko, or Daniel Elizondo sometime around July 2011. He was the considered the Zetas boss for the rural area surrounding these two cities as well. He wasted very little time making a name for himself, by leaving several mutilated bodies strewn through out the streets of both Allende and Cadereryt. He held reasonable for the killing of two young sisters from the town of Allende. The two were picked up by the local police while walking home one night. The local police apparently were ordered to deliver the girls to El Loko. He then raped, killed, then dismember their bodies, once again displaying the parts at the entrances to the town. This case ended with the dismissal of 14 police officers who were reportedly involved. El Loko, mysteriously was no where to be found.
A Mexican Cover Up
Not long after the police were arrested, the military claimed one of two men shot in Cadereyt was none other than El Loko himself. They announced his death saying only that they had killed a man who reportedly looks like El Loko, at this time no one knew his real name.
Here is the description the Military released.
Excerpt from Borderland Beat There have been preliminary reports that one of the sicarios killed was no other than El Loko. He was described as heavy set, about 200 pounds and was wearing a green shirt and Bermuda shorts. The military believes that it might be El Loko and the Attorney General's Office did confirm that the man killed was in fact El Loko.
The military had intitially suspected the man to be El Loko based on the fact that his name was written on the sun visor and the trunk of one of the vehicles. On the walls of the ranch military observed the letter "Z" written in yellow paint. The military believe that the ranch was used by the sicarios as a safe house.
This tells us El Loko was a man who wielded significant power within los zetas. He commanded enough power to have the Police bring him two innocent girls. He survived an intense manhunt, which could have only been accomplished with the help of those higher up in the leadership of los zetas. His death which was falsely claimed by the military was promoted and then quickly forgotten about. The description given by the military which in no way resembled the true El Loko was so generic and simple it could have described almost anyone. These were troubling enough but as this terror unfolded the true depth of government complicity began to unravel.
The Menace Returns
September 2011, quiet returned to the area and silence took hold. Not much was heard, some were frightened it was going to become another Mier. The silence which plagues Nuevo Leon continued until May 13, 2012. The day 49 torsos were discovered wrapped in plastic. What followed was a bizarre chain of events, all of which deserving of a closer look.
A Mothers Day to Remember
Several days before the massacre 12 people were found alive in Jalisco. They lead police to El Chato, who was working for a cartel aligned with los zetas, explained los zetas plan to display numerous corpses of Mother’s Day. He was dismissed and no one thought much of his interview till May 13. They had been kidnapped several days prior, they were innocent.
Here is an except of that interview.
This leads us to the conclusion that the zetas had planned this massacre to take place on Mother’s Day, and that it was not a rouge cell leader who had gone off the reservation. The plan it seems was to have several body dumps through out Mexico, utilizing not only los zetas but their allies as well. This amount of coordination that would have had to taken place would have needed the cooperation of the highest levels of leadership, due to the compartmentalization of the los zetas organization and their allies.
The first to arrive on the seen were the Federal Police. These officers closed off the scene, no one was allowed close enough to see. We know the Police removed a narcobanner which was left which implicated Los Zetas Leadership. They refused to let anyone know what was said on these banners. This in and of itself is not uncommon in Mexico but what followed was.
The First Public Declaration
Within days of the discovery los zetas put several narcobanners up all over the state claiming they had nothing to do with the massacre. They instead laid blame on their rivals. They asked for the public to notice some grammatical errors in the first banners. This was strange thing to say about banners which the public never saw. But these new banners had no problems garnishing the attention of the media. The rouse seemed to be working.
Here is an excerpt from Chivis: While reading a statement on the premises of the SIEDO, the military said that "El Loco" also stated that this action was endorsed by the head of the Zetas in Nuevo Leon, known as "El Morro" so they had to coordinate with a guy nicknamed "El Camaron" (the shrimp) because it was going to deliver the bodies to be dumped on the main square along with a manta.
"This was part of a strategy to blame for such acts antagonistic to criminal organizations, it could be augmented by placing mantas around the country, disputing of such facts to cause confusion in the authorities and public opinion.
It means Loko didn’t even kill these people. Nor did he want them to be dumped in area. He knew it would be too big for even los zetas to cover up. So he left them outside of town, far enough away he thought he would be safe. The amount of people involved to move 49 torsos undetected shows how powerful los zetas have become in Nuevo Leon. Los Zetas used their influence in the local government to stall, confuse and block the investigation. This is apparent by the way they were able to so quickly blame this on their rivals. Even then it was too big; someone had to be held accountable. Los Zetas gave them El Loko. The deception was so great that even SIEDO got it wrong at first, by claiming Loko was part of CDG a rival of los Z.
I still don't understand any of the motivation. No matter who did it, I don't see any tactical advantage. Unless blaming another cartel was the plan. Some confusion worth slaughtering 49 people? Anything is possible in Mexico right now, but that still seems a stretch. And if that was the point they totally fucked it up.
Honestly, this is one of the strangest stories. Makes no sense.
I am not really sure, its pure speculation at this point what the motives were. My guess it was supposed to be a sign of strength aimed at Chapo and the government they claim is on Chapo's side. The original message, the one they tried to hide from the public but came out later on that video said quite a bit. I'll paraphrase here I but it said something to the effect of, fuck you Chapo and all those that work for you, fuck the government and the marines, we are not going anywhere. ATT Loco, 40, Lazca. Now remember this was planned so I have to assume they were going for shock value. I believe they were trying to one up CJNG's body dump in Boca Del Rio, only problem with that is why would they do it in their own territory. That part I don't get, I gotta think it most likely has to do with logistics, hard to move 49 bodies several states away in enemy territory. But in truth I really don't know.
It wasn't to heat up the plaza since the Zetas already run the general area where the bodies were dumped. Didn't you read that the plaza boss, Loko, was killed? Why would he heat up his own plaza? He didn't want to, if you read the story. That's why he dumped them outside of the city. Based on the interrogation in Guadalajara, it seems like they were doing it for shock value. Even the guys ordered to kidnap and kill couldn't give a reason as to why they were picking out random innocent people; they're also mindless drones, so who knows. The plan backfired for El Loko, but I wish that the marines would have made it backfire more for the entire Zeta's organization.
If I can remember correctly, the girls were killed and dismembered to send a message to the military. Supposedly one of the girls was either related to or dating some big military general in that town....
I remember that too, but it was a thin theory, that didn't really work for me, but that doesn't mean it wasn't why it happened. I remember even writing a comment trying to further analyze the motivations, just another almost arbitrary act of viciousness and brutality, that may never make sense to anyone but those who ordered it.
I heard from a friend who works in the town another scenario of "fact" to do with Loco who was a paramedic at one time and how he got loco. I told the person who gave me the stor that it sounded as good as most stories of "fact" if not better, but she could not find another source to back it up, this was from people on the ground but very credible.
I don't want to lay it out unless she gives me permission. I will ask.
Bottom line... it makes no sense to me, things like Zs leaving a message declaring responsibility and then pepper cities with banners saying they did not...something not right here, and honestly I think a scenario I heard from yet another person...a person high up in state PRI...that it was politically motivated and executed...... he is disgusted with his own party and has revealed some interesting "ins" I confess that my association with people has meant I am associating with mostly PRI people, that is coahuila, Z-PRI. And when i dare discuss with them how corrupt PRI is no one has challanged me on that point. it is so surreal it is like they are puppets.
I don't think we will ever know the truth of the 49...this is very much UNLIKE the ver 35.
One thing I would like to mention. the Loko/loco of before was a completely different looking dude than the one detained. I look for him to be released within 90 days.
but this is good work ACI...I will write to you via email and dicuss if/if not i should sling it over to the "big screen" (as havana calls it) if I do we have to be prepared to take a lot of shit. but I am ok with that...
The original one about the two girls, I remember it had these eerie pretty shots of Nuevo Leon countryside, where they found the bodies, or maybe it was different one. There was an original story about the two girls, before they broke the news about the police who were complicit with Zetas.
I wonder if Smurf wrote it? Or perhaps it was deleted, I did some digging and all I could find was stories I listed or they were relating to the 49. For some reason I vaguely remember that story as well, maybe were both confused?