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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

1. Los Zetas are ex-militaryThe foundation of what the United States has called “the most technologically advanced, sophisticated and dangerous cartel operating in Mexico,” goes back to the Matamoros and Tamulipas-based Gulf Cartel. The group is comprised largely of former elite Mexican military and initially began as hit men for the Gulf Cartel according to CNN. Photo: - / AFP

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

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

A gold-plated AK-47 rifle seized to alleged leader of "The Resistance" drugs cartel, Ramiro Pozos Gonzalez, aka "El Molca", is presented to the press in Mexico City, on September 12, 2012. Photo: RONALDO SCHEMIDT, Getty Images / 2012 AFP

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

16. The group claims to be nationalistic in nature, saying that they are “anonymous warriors, without faces, but proudly Mexican,” according to The Wall Street Journal. Photo: Video Screenshot Via Wikimedia Commons