Zeta training camp found in Guatemala


Guatemalan security forces have discovered a camp run by Mexico's most violent drug gang where traffickers trained dozens of gunmen, police said on Friday.

Security forces were tipped off about suspicious activity at a ranch in Quiche, in the central highlands, by residents who said men in ski masks were asking villagers to join their ranks, police chief Marlene Blanco said at a news conference.

Two commanders of the Zetas, the armed wing of Mexico's Gulf cartel, and 37 recruits fled the camp before the police and army arrived, leaving behind 500 grenades, six rifles and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, Blanco said.

The spiraling violence of Mexico's drug war, where rival cartels have resorted to savage tactics in their struggle for territory, killed more than 6,200 people last year and has stoked increasing concern from both ordinary Mexicans and the country's neighbors.

"They wanted to recruit young men. They offered training in the use of certain weapons and said they had jobs," Blanco said.

Guatemalan authorities, helped by personnel from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, also found an illegal airstrip, an obstacle course and equipment for practicing shooting at moving targets.


There have been attacks on buses in Guatemala which police believe were an attempt to distract from the search for the camp. It is interesting that the criminal insurgents in Mexico are having to spend so much money in protecting their operations and they are having to do so out of the country for fear of capture. This operation is a win for everyone but the bad guys.


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