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The  antagonists in both "WIRED" and "TAKEN & AFRAID" are based on real-life drug traffickers known as LOS ZETAS. The Zetas got their beginnings from the Special Forces Airmobile Group (aka the Mexican Green Berets) formed by the Mexican Government to combat the growing drug cartels. After receiving Special Forces training in America, some of these soldiers defected to the other side and joined the very cartels they were hired and trained to combat---the cartels paid better. In due time the Zetas split off from the Gulf Cartel to become a major drug cartel in their own right. Today the Zetas travel Mexico with impunity from the Mexican Policia in blacked-out Hummer convoys with no license plates. No cop in their right mind would pull them over...not for a lousy paycheck of $350.00 per month. Chainsaw beheadings and dismemberment is their specialty and their savagery knows no bounds. The DEA describes them as the "Mafia on Steroids" and they're feared by law enforcement agencies on either side of the U.S.-Mexican border. 

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This is what happens to DEA informants in Mexico. The message on the turtle shell says, "Hola DEA."


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The letter "Z" is seen painted on a hill next to the toll booth at the freeway between Monterrey and Torreon, in the Mexican state of Coahuila, in 2010.


 
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For more details on Los Zetas, watch the Glenn Beck video below.

 
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Glenn Beck: Zeta Gang Takes Control of Border
The Zetas are the most ruthless gang of drug traffickers in the world.

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The Los Zetas were originally hired by the Gulf Cartel as a private bodyguard troupe and hit squad. When the Gulf Cartel leader was arrested and sent to prison, the Zetas branched out on their own to become a major drug cartel in their own right. They now control much of northern Mexico.

 
 

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FACT: 80,000 people have been killed in Mexican drug violence since December 2006.
 
 
FACT: In Juarez alone (bordering El Paso) over 7,000 people have been killed since 2008 in the ongoing drug wars.
 




FACT: The lead investigator assigned to the murder case of the American jet skier killed at Falcon Lake on the Texas border was killed by the Zetas. His head was delivered to the Mexican Army as a warning. Death and dismemberment is the signature way the Zetas dispose of their enemies.
 




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Drug cartel leader captured in Mexico
One of the top leaders of the ruthless "Los Zetas" drug cartel, Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, is under arrest. Mexican marines captured him just across the border from the United States. CBS News seni...
 




  
 
 
 
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In the arrest photos below, notice the faces of the police are covered for fear of retaliation against their families.

 
 
Omar Estrada Luma arrested on 4/16/11
 
 

Omar Estrada Luna, aka 'El Kilo', of Los Zetas drug cartel, is presented to the press in Mexico City. Estrada Luna is accused of having planned and ordered the killing of 72 migrants on August 2010 and having ordered the slaughter of more than 145 people, found in mass graves in San Fernando. The battles between drug cartels have claimed more than 35,000 dead across Mexicoduring the past three years according to official figures.
 
 

 
Mexico Casino Arson: Five arrested  over Monterrey attack

29 August 2011, last updated at 11:27 ET


Several gunmen burst into Monterrey's Casino Royale in broad daylight, dousing it with fuel and setting it alight, killing 52 people. Panic ensured with people inside struggling to reach the emergency exits. Many were overcome by smoke, which spread rapidly through the building. State governor Rodrigo Medina said the suspects were believed to belong to the Los Zetas drug cartel. Police suspect the casino was attacked because protection money had not been paid.
 
 
Security in Monterrey has been boosted by the arrival of hundreds more police and troops since Thursday's attack, which was one of the deadliest episodes of violence since President Calderon launched his crackdown on cartels in late 2006.     
  
 
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Top boss of Los Zetas arrested in Veracruz is said to be co-founder of dreaded cartel
 
Hernández Lechuga, aka Fernández Lechuga, and sometimes as "El Lucky" or "Zeta 16," was captured by Mexican marines on a highway between Veracruz and Mexico City. Hernández was taken into custody after a brief firefight in which one of his bodyguards was killed and a solider was injured.
 
 
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Federal Police Capture Jesús Enrique Rejón Aguilar (alias "El Mamito", a principal leader and original member of "Los Zetas" and third in command)

 

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