Los Zetas

Drugs

What It's Like to Be Married to a Mexican Drug Trafficker

"Two days before my daughter was born, they kidnapped my husband's bodyguard. At dawn on the day she was born, we found him hanging from a bridge."
Andrea Juárez
4.3.18
true crime

How a Stud Racehorse Helped Sink a Brutal Cartel Boss

A top Los Zetas figure had his brother set up a horse-breeding operation in America to launder cash. Then they started winning big prizes—and the feds got involved.
Seth Ferranti
7.25.17
Photo

The Branded Cocaine Bags of Mexico's Most Brutal Drug Gang

I collected the baggies while buying coke from the notorious Los Zetas cartel, in the town of Torreón.
Ana Covolo
7.13.15
mexico

The CTO for Mexico's Bloodiest Cartel Built a Shadow Network with Two-Way Radios

Jose Luis Del Toro Estrada, the so-called "head of IT" for Los Zetas, did something remarkable: He rewrote the book on criminal enterprise communications with cheap walkie talkies.
Brian Anderson
3.31.14
tech

Mexico's Drug Cartels Love Social Media

Members of Mexico's drug cartels are starting to harness the power of the internet, using it to run positive PR campaigns, post selfies with their pistols, and hunt down targets by tracking their movements on social media.
Joseph Cox
11.4.13
News

Z-40 Is a Product of the American Drug War: You’re Welcome, Mexico

A former DEA analyst said, "Our policy of prohibition is what creates people like Morales. It incentivizes violence to a tremendous degree, so we shouldn’t be surprised when someone rises to the top and commits 2,000 murders to get there, because in...
Dawn Paley
7.26.13
News

The Zetas' Leader Has Been Captured, but Is That Really Such a Good Thing?

With Miguel Angel Treviño Morales captured, it looks likely that existing cartels and the newly independent factions within Los Zetas will duke it out over territory. And by that I mean relentlessly massacre each other with bloody gun battles in the...
Joseph Cox
7.19.13
News

Los Zetas Drug Cartel Has Their Own Radio Network

Drug cartels are all over the place in Mexico, but the Los Zetas have gained the title of the most technologically advanced and dangerous cartel in the country. They’re ex-paramilitary, tooled up like a miniature army, and have even set up their own...
Sam Clements
1.2.13