Los Zetas is a powerful and violent criminal syndicate and is considered to be the "most technologically advanced, sophisticated, and dangerous cartel operating in Mexico." The origins of Los Zetas date back to 1999, when commandos of the Mexican Army's elite forces deserted their ranks and decided to work as the armed wing of the Gulf Cartel, a powerful drug trafficking organization. In February 2010, Los Zetas broke away from their parent group and formed their own criminal organization. In 2013 a faction of Los Zetas in Cancun broke away from the parent organization and declared itself to be part of the Gulf cartel. Because the Gulf cartel is a less cohesive and hierarchial organization than other cartels such as the Sinaloa Federation, the Gulf cartel operating in Cancun may or may not be coordinating with the factions in northeastern Mexico.VideoGraphic Video warning: c. 2014 Notorious for their brutality, the Zetas are now the most powerful…
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