Zeta drug gang members escaped from Apodaca Prison near Monterray Mexico during the mayhem that left 44 rival gang members dead. The 30 escapees were all members of the notorious Zeta drug cartel.
As part of the fall out from this tragedy four senior prison officials as well as 18 guards have been dismissed on the suspicion that they colluded in the escape of the Zeta members. The top officials and as many as 18 guards at the Apodaca prison may have helped 30 Zetas escape during the confusion of a riot early Sunday in which other Zetas fatally bludgeoned and knifed 44 members of the rival Gulf cartel, Nuevo Leon Gov. Rodrigo Medina said Monday
.Seattle Post Intelligencer
The cocaine trafficking through Mexico to the United States has surged as Panama has taken steps to slow the drug smuggling through its country.
Since the War on Drugs was declared and the former balance among drug gangs has been disrupted, turf wars have increasingly escalated. Corruption, intimidation and gruesome murders combine to destabilize the Mexican government. The town of Cuidad Juarez has become a dangerous battlefield with no quarter given. At least 10 000 fatalities last year have been linked to drug wars in that sorry town.
In an unpleasant ironic twist, the American government has helped create the highly deadly, highly efficient Zeta cartel. It is estimated that about one third of the Zeta members were trained at the Fort Benning School of the Americas(with new name and letters – WHINSEC) which provides elite military training to personnel from many South American countries. There is far more money to be made in the drug trade than serving in the Mexican military trying to stop it.
For those planning to vacation in Mexico, it is a good idea to consult the US government site for travel warnings. The Canadian government warns Canadians to avoid non-essential travel in the border states. Further reading of the Canadian web site warns would be tourists of other criminal activities that may occur throughout the country. http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/Zetas-gang-killed-rivals-escaped-at-Mexico-prison-3343869.php http://www.voyage.gc.ca/countries_pays/report_rapport-eng.asp?id=184000