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FNS: Nine Men Murdered in Worst-Ever Nuevo León Drug-Related Massacre

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    FNS: Nine Men Murdered in Worst-Ever Nuevo León Drug-Related Massacre Date: 4/4/03 3:51:03 PM Pacific Standard Time From: frontera@nmsu.edu (Frontera)
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      FNS: Nine Men Murdered in Worst-Ever Nuevo León Drug-Related Massacre
      Date: 4/4/03 3:51:03 PM Pacific Standard Time
      From: frontera@... (Frontera)

      Nine men were found tortured and murdered on April 2, 2003 near Anáhuac,
      Nuevo León in what the Mexican press is calling that state's worst-ever,
      drug-related massacre. Mexican officials attribute the killings to a
      fight for control of drug trafficking corridors coming after the March
      arrests of men who were the alleged leaders of the Gulf Cartel. The area
      where the bodies were left is close to the international border and near
      the city of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas.

      A Mexican federal anti-organized crime force that is investigating the
      killings, UEDO, is looking for a group called "Los Zetas" which is
      considered to be involved with the Gulf Cartel. A spokesperson for UEDO
      (Unidad Especializada contra la Delincuencia Organizada, Specialized
      Unit against Organized Crime) said that Los Zetas are trying to expel a
      cell of a group called "Los Chachos" from Nuevo Laredo.

      A number of the bodies found on April 3 have been identified and some of
      the men are said by UEDO to have been members of a Los Chachos cell.
      UEDO's spokesperson, who was not identified in articles in the Reynosa
      newspaper El Mañana, said that Los Chachos had been involved with a cell
      of the Tijuana Cartel and had recently allied themselves with a group
      called "Los Texas."

      The former head of Los Chachos, Dionisio "El Chacho" García Román, was
      found murdered in Tamaulipas in May 2002 after having been abducted from
      a house by a heavily armed, commando-style group.

      Los Zetas are rumored to be comprised of former Mexican special forces
      soldiers that were being sought by Mexican authorities in January 2003,
      according to a January article in the Cd. Juárez newspaper El Diario.
      The former soldiers belonged to the Grupo Aeromóvil de Fuerzas
      Especiales (Airmobile Special Forces Group, GAFE). According to the
      article, 829 GAFE members were trained at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

      Little has been said about Los Texas in the Mexican press but the Laredo
      Morning Times wrote in February, 2003 that UEDO arrested eleven members
      of the Los Texas "cartel."Source: El Mañana (Reynosa), April 4, 2003.

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