Friday, July 12, 2013

Los Zetas are in Progreso, Yucatán, local press claims

Mérida, Yucatán -
The dreaded Los Zetas drug cartel is leaving fingerprints (or footprints, if you prefer) on the Yucatán peninsula, according to this story published today by, a regional news service which covers Mérida, Cancún and and the Riviera Maya.

Two of four men arrested Tuesday in connection with a Progreso jewelry store robbery have direct links to the Zetas going back to 2008, authorities say. In the former case the men served prison terms in the central Mexican city of Aguascalientes. They were convicted of trafficking in marijuana, cocaine and psychedelic drugs, and the possession of assault weapons.

The paper offered no evidence that this week's robbery in Mérida's outlet to the Gulf was an organized crime operation, however.

Yucatán safety continues to be the subject of hot debate, amid periodic evidence that Mexico's major drug cartels have a well established presence on the peninsula, contrary to what local political figures frequently advertise.

July 15 - Top Los Zeta boss, Z-40, arrested in Nuevo Laredo
July 15 - Cancún and Quintana Roo not under U.S. advisory, but maybe they should be
May 11 - There goes the neighborhood . . .
Apr. 17 - Highwaymen assault ADO bus on Yucatán peninsula
Apr. 9 - Yucatán tourism remained flat in first quarter of 2013
Dec. 20 - Mérida millionairess convicted on all counts in Nicaragua
Oct. 24 - Canadian realtor in Yucatán: foreigners with big bucks are a myth
Sept. 21 - Routine traffic stop in Mérida yields Sinaloa Cartel "Boss of the Plaza"
Mar. 18, 2012 - Yucatán a haven for Mexican fugitives
Jan. 1, 2012 - Yucatán - and half of Mexico - belong to Los Zetas, says deputy attorney general
Nov. 12, 2011 - U.S. intensely focused on Yucatán security in 2008-2009, diplomatic cables reveal

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