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Los Zetas drug cartel
Los Zetas drug cartel

A dangerous Mexican drug cartel, Los Zetas, has invaded the United States, putting our national security at risk. Known for kidnapping civilians and beheading rivals, Los Zetas is the most feared gang in Mexico.

Violence along the South West border is expected to increase as Los Zetas lures new recruits into its ranks. Among its targets for recruitment are U.S. prison and street gangs as well as former military and law enforcement officers, reports The Washington Times.

The gang was originally created as highly trained Mexican anti-drug commandos, but degenerated into mercenaries for the Gulf Cartel. The gang quickly became known within the Mexican drug war for their brutal tactics like hanging the bodies of rivals over city bridges.

Mexican drug cartels creeping into the U.S.
Mexican drug cartels creeping into the U.S.

Now manned by assassins and aided by corrupt officials at all levels, the gang is a well-financed and a heavily armed drug-smuggling ring. Fear and intimidation are their biggest weapon in Mexico and some believe the threat is creeping ever more into the United States.

According to an FBI bulletin, Los Zetas will likely pose a threat to the U.S. because of their “Demonstrated capabilities for violence, their recent killings of U.S. citizens, increased kidnappings of U.S. citizens on both sides of the border, and their continued participation in the U.S. drug trade.”