SDN Moves: SDNTKs captured, designated, dead and confirmed dead…plus some AQ designations

Well this past weekend has been a little busy on the Mexico front.   OFAC designated a Guatemalan man1 under the SDNTK program. Guatemala has been an extensive target for designations as the country serves as a transition point for both the Zetas (which is the case this time) and the Sinaloa. Another name to add to the filter may be¬†Alexander Miguel Mejia Peace, who according to Prensa is a close associate. Likewise, OFAC slammed a great designation on the leader of a Madrassa and his network which serves to finance AQ, Talibs and LeT. Talk about horizontal diversification…   SDNTK Mario Ramirez Trevino, the now-former head of the Gulf Cartel was confirmed as captured. (I wouldn’t rely on the map the BBC put up by the way.)   SDNTK Eduardo Arrellano Felix was sentenced to 15 years in a federal slammer, finally tying up the old leadership of the AFO.   Captured SDNTK Miguel Trevino (Z-40) confirmed to authorities that former Zeta’s head Hubierto “The Executioner” Lazcano is actually dead. This may sound funny, but after a group of Mexican Marines intercepted his convoy and killed him, the Zetas raided the funeral home and stole his body away2 before the authorities could conclusively confirm that it is him. There are a lot of conspiracies revolving around Narco Kingpins that makes 2Pac’s legacy look like child’s play. This is important because the removal of a longtime Zeta leader goes a long way in hurting the legitimacy and fear of the organization.   1Side note, I wouldn’t translate his nickname in mixed company… 2Another side note, during my thesis (which was on the Zetas) I stayed up all night reading a great overview book whose background is centered around Lazcano. Hopping on the metro the next morning all bright and perky to talk with some of the OGT people that do the SDNTK designations, I opened up the WSJ and found the above link of his death. As opposed to a long discussion it was just a bit of venting instead…...

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