November 5, - Antonio Ezequiel Cardenas Guillen, aka Tony Tormenta, allegedly the head of the Gulf cartel, is killed in a shootout with Mexican forces in Matamoros. March 4, - Zetas drug cartel leader Omar Trevino Morales is apprehended by Mexican authorities in a suburb of Monterrey. Los Zetas Cartel - Comprised of former elite members of the Mexican military.
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June 11, - Edgar Valdez Villarreal, "La Barbie," an American citizen, is charged with trafficking thousands of kilograms of cocaine into the United States between and October 9, - Mexican authorities confirm that Mexican srug killed Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, leader of the Zetas cartel, in a shootout on October 7. January 11, - The office of Mexico's Attorney General releases a statement saying that nearly 13, people were killed in drug violence between January and September July 29, - Ignacio "Nacho" Coronel Villarreal, one of the leaders of the Sinaloa drug cartel, is killed in a military raid in Guadalajara's suburbs.
The group's main asset is not drugs, but organized violence, including theft, extortion, human smuggling and kidnapping, according to the Congressional Research Report.
August 31, - Eduardo Arellano Felix, an alleged senior member of a Tijuana-based drug cartel, is extradited from Mexico to the United States. Tech Innovate Gadget Mission: La Familia Michoacana - Based in the Michoacan state.
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Felix-Felix was indicted in March The money was seized from alleged members of the Guzman Loera drug cartel during a raid in the border town of Tijuana, Mexico. According to figures released on January 11 by the Mexican government, 12, people were killed in drug-related violence in the first nine months of Guzman previously war from prison in in a laundry cart and eluded authorities for more than a dozen years until his capture in February - More than 20, Mexican soldiers and federal police are spread out across Mexico as part of President Calderon's drug war.
Possibly defunct as of The cartel is now splintered into small, competing gangs. The group has a reputation for being particulaly savage and is known for massacres, killing civilians, leaving body parts in public places and posting killings on the internet.
Lazcano's body was stolen from a funeral home on October 8, but authorities had already taken fingerprints and photographs to confirm his identity.
May 8, - Twelve suspected members of the Los Zetas drug cartel and a member of Mexico's navy are killed in a shootout on a Falcon Lake island. He was extradited to the US in January The Mexican government has warned it's one of the most dangerous cartels in the country, especially after it shot down a military helicopter in May March 4, - Zetas drug cartel leader Omar Trevino Morales is apprehended by Mexican authorities in a suburb of Monterrey.
It split with its enforcers, Los Zetas, byand the fallout between the two groups has been called the "most violent in the history of organized crime in Mexico," according to a Congressional Research Service report.
January 8, - Mexican security forces arrest Guzman in Sinaloa.
Los Zetas Cartel - Comprised of former elite members of the Mexican military. Mexican government, April June ful, - President Calderon fires federal police commanders to weed out corruption.
May 9, - The commander of Mexico City's investigative police force, Esteban Roble Espinosa, is killed outside his home.
February 25, - Osiel Cardenas Guillen, head of the Gulf Cartel until his capture inis sentenced to 25 years in prison in Texas. It was founded and led by Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmanwho was arrested inescaped in Julyand rearrested in January All of the brothers have been killed or arrested, but "remnants" of the group continues to operate in parts of Mexico, according to the US Drug Enforcement Agency's National Drug Threat Assessment. Zapata dies and Avila survives a gunshot wound to his leg.
He has eluded capture for more than a decade.
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Mexico's long-running drug war — American-born Edgar Valdez Villareal, or 'La Barbie,' of the Beltran Leyva drug cartel, was arrested in August in Mexico, and smiled as he was paraded in front of the press. March 14, - Veracruz State Attorney General Jorge Winckler confirms that a mass grave containing more than human skulls has been uncovered. That attack killed 52 people.