United Nations warns of overt Los Zetas violence in Mexico

Posted on May 30, 2012 • Filed under: Crime, Drug Activity, Mexico, Zetas

The United Nations (UN) announced to the press on May 29, 2012 that the Los Zetas cartel in Mexico uses blatant violence not only to control drug routes, but also to control entire territories. According to the UN, this criminal organization uses a different, more aggressive form of violence because it hopes to operate as a hegemony when controlling illegal markets and criminal activity, El Heraldo reports. Most mafia-type organizations attempt to hide the bodies of their victims, the UN states, yet Los Zetas prefer to publicly display many of them. In order to assert the organization’s dominance, experts say this overt use of violence serves as a means to prove members’ capabilities and their capacity to impose their own rules. Los Zetas operates primarily in Mexico, but is involved in multinational drug-trafficking schemes. Read Article

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