ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Mexico's Los Zetas: 27 Beheaded Bodies in El Peten Province

Updated on June 22, 2011

If you happen to be in Guatemala on vacation, specifically, in El Peten province, and see banners or graffiti with Z200 in it, you should be on edge. Z200 is the symbol or call word for Mexico's Los Zetas, a drug cartel that is using tricks from al-qaeda and the taliban to control and influence their zones of drug activity within Mexico and now, Guatemala.

With the war on drugs heating up within Mexico between the Federal troops and drug cartels, the latter are looking for other places to expand to and Peten Province, Guatemala is among them. They use the terrorist methods frequently read about in history books from the Vietnam War to now. The first is to win the hearts and minds of the locals. To do this, the Los Zetas, with tons of revenue, build schools and clinics, roads, create businesses, improve infrastructure in the small towns of Tikal and Poptun, both over 200 miles form Guatemala City. For those who resist, they brutally kill them and behead them, like the recently discovered 27 bodies, many without heads in a field on cattle ranch with Z200 branded on the wall.

The Los Zetas like Guatemala because 60% of the cocaine coming to Mexico is via Guatemala. The El Peten province is the size of Maryland and to outsiders resembles the "wild west" where everyone carries a side arm or rifle and signs ask to leave the firearm at the door. The area is jungle and Guatemala has been unable to provide much law enforcement there. To add salt to a sore, many of the 11,000 former soldiers of the Guatemala Army were discharged since 2004, now are employed by Los Zetas. The Los Zetas are the law and order in much of Peten province and in the town of Poptun, where the cartel has posted banners in the town claiming that it has been converted to Los Zetas ownership.

The government of Guatemala does receive over $70 million dollars from the US to fight the war on drugs and claims to have retaken 40,000 acres of ranches formerly owned by Los Zetas. This is more of a PR stunt than reality judging from the latest gruesome beheadings found at the Los Cocos ranch recently.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      Those crminals were sponsored by mexican goverment and now all the casualties by the mexican families. The goverment very well protected but the middle clash. Whom going to be protected, god has mercy for them against those animals

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      These cartels have been allowed to get out of hand and now they are as well if not better armed then the Mexican government and will take a enormous effort now to get back under control. I also wonder if the governments of certain countries are not somehow profiting from these cartels doing business as billions of dollars are being made yearly it seems that makes for a lot of cash to throw around.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      It makes you wonder, I know!

    • Pollyannalana profile image


      7 years ago from US

      I tell you what I am beginning to think, either these governments are secretly pocketing millions or getting kickbacks allowing this drug traffic or they wear their mommy's bloomers! You know something could be done. Something could be done about everything and quick but it isn't and no one is even trying to stop them!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)