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August 9th, 2009
03:09 PM ET

Los Zetas: Mexico's Most Feared Drug Cartel

CNN's Michael Ware travels to Veracruz, Mexico, where a powerful new drug cartel has risen to power: highly trained, highly motivated commandos formerly with the Mexican military. Ware warns that Los Zetas represent law enforcement's worst nightmare come true.


Filed under: Don Lemon
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Laura Hamann

    It's real easy let RJ Reynolds grow the marijuana, and then just tax the hell out of it. That will hit alot of our cartel problems and also put money back into our country.

    August 9, 2009 at 6:45 pm |
  2. Frommexico

    I'm an American in Veracruz. An additional comment to Michael Ware's excellent report: The governor of Veracruz–Fidel Herrera–is rumored (and there's a lot of evidence) to be a high level member of Los Zetas. Extorsion of local businesses by Los Zetas is therefore sanctioned by the state government and has a lot of people on edge. Thanx.

    August 9, 2009 at 6:47 pm |
  3. Alejandro Torres

    Maybe it's not as important as the report itself, but Don Lemon keeps refering to "Los Zetas" as the "Zeroes" when "zeta" in Spanish means "Z" or Zed if you would... Keep the good work though

    August 9, 2009 at 6:52 pm |
  4. rob

    HEY DON, WHEN YOU SEE OR TALK TO SOLEDAD, TELL HER, IN
    THE AD ABOUT HISPANICS IN OCT. AND THE GUY SAYS THAT WE
    AMERICANS ARE SCARED OF THEM....WHAT I AM SCARED OF IS
    OUR PRECIOUS RIGHT OF CITIZENSHIP WILL BE GIVEN AWAY BY
    VOTE CHASING POLITICIANS TO THE FREE FLOWING STREAM OF
    ILLEGAL ALIENS. AS I SAID BEFORE THE HISPANIC ILLEGAL ALIEN
    UNDERGROUND RAILROAD WOULD MAKE HARRIET TUBMAN'S
    LOOK LIKE A TOY. THAT IS WHY OUR HEALTHCARE, EDUCATION,
    TRANSPORTATION,FOOD, EMPLOYMENT,WELFARE, JAIL AND
    POPULATION SYSTEMS ARE BROKEN..............

    ROB

    August 9, 2009 at 6:59 pm |
  5. michael armstrong sr.

    This is getting crazy there's a way to end this drug cartel stuff or slow down the flow of money and every body but the government is getting the hint leagleize marajuana in the United States and corner the market for pot if the government takes there sales momentum away then they take there revenue away breaking there bank .

    August 9, 2009 at 7:07 pm |
  6. Carol B.

    Obviously, only some of the Mex. gov't & police are stepping up to the plate. True that some of the corruption can be blamed on the drugs supply & demand theories for the U.S. & other countries. However, this is a REAL war going on in Mexico and the cartels will rule the country until the government offers better job, wages and benefits to its citizens & soldiers. People will always find a way to make a living by hook or by crook when a country turns its back on its people.

    August 9, 2009 at 7:37 pm |
  7. Todd

    I think we all know what We need do here, Legalize Marijuana. If you have seen the debates and polls within the last year than you've seen it's Legalization has got at least half the support and is by FAR the best solution that will yield almost instantaneous results. Hey, If it don't work at least we'll know within a few years the current policies have hade over 30 years to make a difference.

    August 10, 2009 at 1:22 am |
  8. Diane Lewis

    Michael Weir touched on a problem but not the solution in his most recent report regarding the drug wars. We (the U.S.) is not committing sums of money to the problem commensurate with the size of the industry. The good news is that the solution can be had at a dramatically lower cost. Zero tolerance for drugs in the work-place would do more to reduce demand at a far lower cost than anything else we have tried in 25 years. The Georgia Chamber of Commerce has an exceptional program to support company adoption of drug-free workplace policies.

    August 10, 2009 at 9:54 am |
  9. michael armstrong sr.

    As long as marajuana is illeagle in the United States the cartels are going to make money and grow the only way to stop the cartel is to take there money away by opening the market to U.S. retail.

    August 10, 2009 at 10:04 am |
  10. john doe

    but the thing is, that they're not only into drug trade. i recently saw and episode of gangland. and they say that LOS ZETAS are trained military that were trained here in the US. They have branched out into kidnappings, murder-for-hire, extortion, money-laundering and human smuggling. nothing gets in their way not even a mexican police chief who was murdered with high powered weapons 6 hours after he was sworn in. and according to them(los zetas). they are allready here in the US, and its only a matter of time before they begin carrying out more an more hits out here in the US, including murdering police. and according to the history channel, police in the US should be very affraid, considering that LOS ZETAS have military training and a large stock pile of high powered weapons, such as body armor and Kevlar ballistic helmets, AR-15 and AK-47 rifles, MP5 submachine guns, 50 cal. machine guns, grenade launchers, surface-to-air missiles, dynamite, helicopters, airliners, private jets. and suffisticated survailence technology for wire tapping and tracing phone calls, to be able to locate anyone in the world, with connections in the US, ITALY, and other countries, you are naive to think that a lack of drug money will stop them, when they are more powerful than al-kaida, so in my opinion you should be very affraid.

    August 10, 2009 at 11:47 am |
  11. gary

    I really believe that the US wants the drugs in the country, I can't believe that the US boarder patrol and/or any other Gov. agency can't stop the people and the drugs crossing the boarder....we are the superpower and we cant stop drugs and people from coming into this country illegally

    August 11, 2009 at 1:04 pm |
  12. Diane Lewis

    John Doe – I think you are missing the point. Why do you think they have all the guns, etc.? It is to support their business i.e. drug smuggling. If the market goes away, there is no business to protect. Mind you, these guys aren't likely to start hanging out a church socials but they are simple creatures – no drug demand, no drug money, they find another place to play.

    August 11, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  13. menkind

    for the record....these things have always been around. And, now that we are in an age of technology and power, we have to find a means to bring it back under control. I seen and experienced this crap, blood on the streets to a law enforcement taking pay outs. My point iz, we can slow them down, and pray to god that one of these cartels don't shove a small nuclear brief case up a politicians ass. Why, cuzz the politicians don't care unless the blood spills up on their green grass. Technology, tag em like animals with rf id, then se em free back to the nest...

    September 4, 2009 at 3:31 am |
  14. Brenda

    Don~ I just want to compliment you on so many jobs well done. I watch you and you have such patience with people and listen well. You do outstanding work all the time that I've watched you. You are such a nice gentleman, good on your feet and creatively think. I enjoy watching you and wish you continued good fortune in your career! Thanks for good reporting.

    September 4, 2009 at 12:07 pm |