Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Mexican Navy Smashes Zetas Cartel Communications Network

Via BBC -

The navy said it seized mobile radio transmitters and encryption equipment that the gang was using to coordinate its criminal activities.

At least 80 suspects have been arrested over the past month.

Founded by former army commandos, the Zetas are considered one of Mexico's most violent cartels.

Last month, the gang was blamed for an arson attack on a casino in the northern city of Monterrey which killed 52 people.

The Mexican navy said the operation against the Zetas in Veracruz was carried out by marine special forces after months of work by naval intelligence officers.

It said the gang had installed secure radio communications systems in at least 10 towns in Veracruz.

The network was being used to coordinate drug trafficking, kidnap, extortion and murder across much of the state.
Map of Mexico showing Veracruz

The equipment seized included high-powered transmitters, computers, radio scanners, encryption devices and solar power cells.

The immediate result of the operation was the disruption of the Zetas' "chain of command and tactical coordination" in Veracruz, navy spokesman Jose Luis Vergara said.


Borderland Beat has several videos showing the seized equipment.

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