Small Wars Journal

The Evolution of Los Zetas in Mexico and Central America

The Evolution of Los Zetas in Mexico and Central America: Sadism as an Instrument of Cartel Warfare

By Dr. George W. Grayson.

Monograph, 104 pages

25 April 2014

Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College 

Los Zetas, which appeared on the scene in the late- 1990s, have raised the bar for cruelty among Mexican Mafiosi. Traditionally, the country’s narcotics cartels maximized earnings by working hand-in-glove with police, military officers, intelligence agencies, union leaders, and office holders affiliated with the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which dominated the political landscape from 1929 to 2000…

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