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13 things to know about Los Zetas, the ruthless Mexican drug cartel

1. The Jalisco New Generation Cartel formed from the ashes of the Milenio Cartel following the 2009 capture by Mexican authorities of leader Óscar Nava Valencia.Some members of the Sinaloa Cartel also joined the new organization following the death of their leader Ignacio Coronel Villarreal, according to Borderland Beat. Photo: Video Screenshot Via Wikimedia Commons

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Drug trafficking has been an issue for a long time, for even though there are people like the DEA who dedicate themselves to capture drug trafficking lords there is always someone in line to take over the reigns of their drug business. Drug lords such as Ignacio Coronel Villarreal aka Nacho Coronel, Joaquin Guzman Loera aka El Chapo Guzman. To me this is important because of the reasons these people decided to become drug lords.

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13 things to know about Los Zetas, the ruthless Mexican drug cartel

4. When the Jalisco New Generation Cartel first debuted, they basically wanted the government’s approval to kill members of Los Zetas, The Wall Street Journal reported. Photo: Video Screenshot Via Wikimedia Commons

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13 things to know about Los Zetas, the ruthless Mexican drug cartel

7. Their "sworn enemy"Michael S. Vigil, former chief of international operations for the DEA , said Los Zetas have been at odds with the Jalisco new Generation Cartel for a decade, calling the cartel their “sworn enemy.” So much that the Jalisco New Generation Cartel also go by “Mata Zetas,” which means “kill zetas” in Spanish. Photo: YURI CORTEZ, AFP/Getty Images

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13 things to know about Los Zetas, the ruthless Mexican drug cartel

8. Conflict on the decline After reaching its peak in 2011 with the New Generation Cartel’s dumping of bodies in the Boca Del Rio, the conflict between the Jalisco New Generation Cartel in Veracruz has dwindled to dormancy in recent years. Both continue to operate in Veracruz. Photo: AP

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13 things to know about Los Zetas, the ruthless Mexican drug cartel

15. The Jalisco New Generation Cartel has seen unprecedented expansion, growing to a major group in only five years, according to The Associated Press. Photo: Alexandre Meneghini, Associated Press / AP2012

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13 things to know about Los Zetas, the ruthless Mexican drug cartel

13. Quiet but still in controlAccording to Stratfor Global Intelligence Agency’s Mexico security analyst Tristan Reed, Los Zetas recently changed up their strategy moving their focus away from high profile displays of violence which sent them further under the radar. Still, Reed said this shouldn’t be confused with power slipping. While the group has suffered substantially from arrests, it is still the most powerful group in Tamaulipas and among the most powerful crime groups in Mexico…