I have posted about the Mexican gangs spread to other countries; last weekend the Zetas beheaded 27 people in Guatemala,
Guatemala declares siege in region of drug massacre
In a radio interview, [Guatemalan President Alvaro] Colom said a Los Zetas hit team that stormed a ranch in the Peten and beheaded laborers, three of them minors, may have included former commandos from a special forces unit of Guatemala’s army, the Kaibiles.
“It was total savagery. Everyone is in a stupor,” Colom told Mexico’s MVS radio network, adding that a feud between rival drug gangs led to the massacre.
Guatemala’s once-fearsome army is a shadow of what it was, and doubts arose over whether it could restore order in the sprawling Peten – the northern third of the nation – where Colom declared a 30-day state of siege Monday night. The region is part of a crucial cocaine-smuggling corridor to the United States.
It happened during the weekend,
Some 40 to 50 assailants under a Mexican commander arrived on Los Cocos ranch Saturday night looking for ranch owner Otto Salguero, systematically killing and beheading unarmed laborers, authorities said. By Sunday morning, 25 workers had been beheaded and two others also were killed. Some of the laborers had been hired in another region of Guatemala only a week earlier and had come to the ranch for temporary work.
Colom said three survivors were under government protection, including a pregnant woman whose pleas for mercy were heeded even as killers beheaded her husband.
This is a turf war,
Los Zetas have operated hand in hand with Guatemalan drug clans, but they’ve attempted to crush one group, the Leon family. Its commandos killed Juan Jose “Juancho” Leon in 2008, and a brother who took over the business, Haroldo, was slain in the Peten on Friday.
As the Zetas continue to spread through the Hemisphere into the Andes, we will continue to read about their reign of terror and crime. For the time being, Peten is under state of siege, with the army in charge.