The Jekyll & Hyde image above, shot in sunny Acapulco, pretty much sums up the drug violence in Mexico. Happy tourists enjoy a day at the beach, totally oblivious to the bloody corpse laying behind a wall, several feet away. Not only is this a microcosm of Mexico’s clashing lifestyles; it also reflects the duality of other countries such as Jamaica, Brazil and even the picture-perfect United States. Nonetheless, the Mexican drug wars have been well-documented here at The Spizzy and today, we relay another piece of bullet-riddled, South of the Border news.
As reported by Fox News Latino:
MEXICO CITY – The Mexican army has arrested a Zetas drug cartel member for allegedly dumping 49 mutilated bodies in a northern Mexico town square last week in a deed that was ordered by the hyper-violent drug cartels top leaders. According to authorities, the leaders ordered their minion, Daniel Jesus Elizondo Ramírez, to dump the bodies and then hang banners around the country denying responsibility.
Brig. Gen. Edgar Luis Villegas said that Elizondo Ramírez, despite his nickname of “El Loco,” or the Crazy One, apparently get nervous about dumping the hacked-up bodies in town and dumped them on a highway outside of Cadereyta instead. The bodies with their heads, hands and feet hacked off were found May 13.
A video posted later on a Mexican web site that covers drug crimes showed gunmen in the dark dumping the bodies, and unfurling a banner claiming responsibility for the killings signed by the Zetas, who are locked in a battle with the rival Gulf and Sinaloa cartels. Villegas said another suspect who is still at large had made that videotape. In following days, banners appeared hanging from freeway overpasses in northern San Luis Potosi and other states denying the Zetas were responsible. Villegas said the denials were part of a Zetas strategy to “cause confusion among authorities and the public.”
Elizondo Ramírez tried to escape arrest Friday by tossing a hand grenade at troops before they captured him in a suburb of the northern city of Monterrey, Villegas said. He is now being held under a form of house arrest while prosecutors build their case against him. Villegas said Elizondo Ramírez had also confessed to killing members of the Gulf cartel and burning or burying their bodies in another area of Nuevo Leon state. The discovery of the 49 mutilated bodies was the third massacre in ten days in the country’s so called “Triangle of Death.”
No, Zorro didn’t kill the people in the photo above… those Z’s are the mark of Zetas. They’re killin’ everybody, even journalists and bloggers who are foolish enough to discuss Zeta activity in the press. More than 30 journalists have been killed across Mexico since 2000. Ten other journalists have disappeared since 2005. Being a reporter is a hazardous occupation down there.
Well, at least El Loco fessed up to his deeds and didn’t snitch like Jesus Audel Miramontes-Varela, the Mexican drug kingpin who turned FBI informant not too long ago. When it comes to the cartels, snitches get more than stitches… they get their heads lopped off and their guts ripped out like chitterlings. Mr. Miramontes-Varela better watch his back before he gets a bunch of knives lodged in it.
Meanwhile, Wells Fargo and Bank of America are allowed to launder funds for Mexican drug gangs. I guess since bankers aren’t actually out in the streets beheading their rivals (which would be quite entertaining), they’re free to roam. The authorities are too afraid to attack the “upper-crust” of the issue, so they tackle the lowest common denominator of the drug problem. Much like the futile American War on Drugs, where arresting low-level dealers and dope fiends account for some kind of moral victory, it’s like running on a hamster wheel.
Oh well. I’m heading over to 116th & 3rd Avenue for a burrito, there’s a nice lil’ Mexican food spot over there. I think the chef is an ex-Zeta… maybe that’s why he carves up the steak so efficiently.