September 23, 2019

Key Zetas drug cartel members arrested in Mexico

Quintanilla and Yanez looking absolutely rapt with their new situation.

The Mexican military says it has arrested Valdemar Quintanilla Soriano, the alleged number two financial operator of the Zetas drug cartel.

He was captured along with fellow Zetas suspect, Jose Guadalupe Yanez Martinez, in the northern city of Saltillo in Coahuila state. Police say weapons and cash were also found. Weapons and cash is the cousin of Tango and Cash.

The Zetas and the Gulf Cartel are in a bloody battle for control of drug smuggling routes to the United States.

“During the last months, Quintanilla Soriano often travelled to Monterrey in Nuevo Leon, Saltillo and Monclova in Coahuila to coordinate finance matters as well as the payment to authorities working for the criminal organisation,” said Colonel Ricardo Trevilla, spokesman for Mexico’s National Defence Secretariat.

The Zetas were formed by former Mexican special forces soldiers.

They initially acted as armed enforcers for the Gulf Cartel.

The Zetas have since split with their former paymasters, and have been engaged in brutal turf wars for control of smuggling routes.