posted on Jul, 24 2010 @ 04:41 PM
HOUSTON — The FBI is advising law enforcement officers across the country that a Texas cell of Los Zetas — an increasingly powerful arm of the
Mexican Gulf Cartel drug trafficking syndicate — has acquired a secluded ranch where it trains its members to “neutralize” competitors in the
To ensure its share of the lucrative illegal drug trade, the cartel's members are operating north of the border to collect debts and spy on
They also have protected coc aine and heroin shipments that were bound for Houston, where they were repackaged and shipped on to Alabama,
Delaware, Georgia and Michigan, according to the FBI.
The information, which was disseminated Monday to state, local and federal agencies, does not provide any specifics, such as the location of the
ranch, but it includes a notation that the information came from reliable FBI contacts.
Trainees are taught about home invasions, firearms and ways to run vehicles off the road in order to kidnap occupants who owe drug debts.
The Zetas have achieved almost mythical status in Mexico, as the small band of military deserters has become a managing partner for the Gulf Cartel,
and terrorized rivals with beheadings, torture and mass killings that have made plenty of headlines.