By Steven Dudley, 8/7/2013
In this article, Steven Dudley, Director of InSight Crime and a former Wilson Center Fellow, suggests the Zetas dominance over the highly lucrative drug trafficking corridor through Nuevo Laredo will likely be seriously challenged in the wake to Miguel Treviño’s capture.
Even before Zetas’ leader Miguel “Z40” Treviño’s surprising capture on July 16, Nuevo Laredo was slipping into a chaotic state of nearly constant dispute. Now Treviño’s brother, “Omar,” alias “Z42,” will have the almost impossible task of keeping it firmly under the group’s wing if the Zetas are to survive as an organization.
The Zetas consider Nuevo Laredo their home, perhaps now more than ever. They may have spread throughout the country and into foreign nations, most notably Guatemala, but their base remains Nuevo Laredo. It is where their model — control territory, extract rent, move drugs (in that order) — has its clearest manifestation. It is also their most important moneymaker, especially since they lost their grip on Mexico’s industrial hub, Monterrey, in recent months.
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