Jose Vazquez, the man responsible for receiving narcotics in Dallas from Los Zetas, decided to collaborate with the US Drug Enforcement Agency and gave them the cell phone numbers from Miguel Angel Trevino Morales Z-40 , his brother Oscar Omar and other capos.
The Agency's sent the numbers to Attorney General's Office (PGR) for them to locate and arrest the brothers. However, that agency leaked confidential information to Z-40 , warning him that “someone on his organization was betraying him.”
In revenge, the Trevino brothers ordered the slaughter against families of the Allende, in Piedras Negras, Monclova and other municipalities in northern Coahuila.
Jose Vazquez testified twice before the Court of Texas about what happened in the state of Coahuila. First, on April 16, 2013, in the trial of Jose Trevino Morales, brother of the Z-40 and Z-42 , and against veracruzano businessman Francisco Colorado Cessa.
Furthermore, in a second trial against Francisco Colorado held on September 30, 2015, in which he described how he coordinated the shipment of drugs to Dallas, for which they used the encrypted message system Pin to Pin on BlackBerry mobile phones.
“They said it was more difficult for the government and police to intercept conversations or messages if we used that system,” Vazquez told prosecutors who questioned him.
Jose Vazquez, who at that time was 35 years old, and originally from Dallas, where he finished high school.
He confessed that he started in selling drugs since he was 14 years old. In June 2002 he was arrested by Dallas police and was imprisoned for four years. Upon leaving jail, a friend introduced him to Hector Moreno, a native of Allende, who at that time was already dealing drugs for Los Zetas.
Since early 2005, Los Zetas had arrived north of Coahuila as an advanced on that territory for the Gulf Cartel (CDG) to take Piedras Negras. Mellado Galindo Cruz, Commander Mellado or Z-10 , led about 100 gunmen who threatened all drug traffickers in that border to join them, or else they will kill them.
Before they arrive, Hector Moreno smuggled narcotics on their own along with US citizen Alfonso “Poncho” Cuellar and José Luis Garza Gaytan. Another independent drug trafficker was Efren Tavira, who operated with a group of “narco juniors”.
They decided to join Los Zetas. Z-40 and Z-42 decided to use the experience of those drug traffickers and put them in front of their cocaine smuggling operation to the United States.
To protect their illegal activities they bought protection from the Army, Federal Police, delegates from the PGR and state officials, especially the prosecution.
By 2009, Los Zetas began operating outside the CDG. They smuggle 40 tons of cocaine per year. In these operations they got about 860 million dollars, of which 350 million were annual earnings.
During the more than three years as an independent cartel they scored more than a billion dollars in profit.
The efficient smuggling operated as follows:
The Zetas bought cocaine in Central America because they “did not trust Colombians.” The moved by road to San Fernando and from there distributed to border cities like Monterrey, Tamaulipas and north of Coahuila.
In Allende, Hector Moreno was responsible for packaging 500 kilos, so they could not be nosed by drug dogs US Customs. That amount was sent on 18-wheel trailer.
Smaller packages, like thirty kilos, were delivered to Efren Tavira. He was responsible for putting them in trucks and cars that had fixed gas tank. The “workshop” where the vehicles were altered was inside the Cereso of Piedras Negras and a group of inmates were responsible for getting things done.
After crossing the drugs were hiding in safe houses located in Eagle Pass and from there sent down the road 35 to Dallas. Vazquez had four safe houses to hide the drugs before selling it to gangs that will distributed throughout the United States.
The money from the sale was returned to Piedras hidden in the fuel tanks. In sealed bags more than 4 million per week were sent.
In addition to receiving the drugs, Jose Vazquez sent arms shipments to the criminal organization.
Poncho Cuellar was the head of all transfer operations. Thanks to its effectiveness he became “compadre” of Omar Trevino Morales. He will also managed the money to buy Quarter Mile Horses acquired by the Zeta leaders in the United States.
In addition, he said in the trial of Austin that he bought 10 BlackBerry mobile phones which Los Zetas used for it's operations through optional encrypted messaging system available for it;s users.
“Everything that was done was through courier. I bought ten BlackBerry phones, one for Miguel, one for Omar, and others for more people. “
For the first few months of 2010, Jose Vazquez began to be monitored by Dallas police. To avoid capture he moved with his father to Allende and Ciudad Acuna.
Later that year, the DEA placed him in Mexico. They ask him to cooperate or else he would be arrested along with his father. They asked for the phone numbers of Z-40 , Z-42 and Heriberto Lazcano.
Vazquez gave them the 10 numbers of the BlackBerry Poncho Cuellar had bought.
Confidential information provided by the DEA eventually ended up in the hands of Miguel Angel Trevino Morales. He came through the PGR.
“As a result of choosing to cooperate with the law, more than 200 people were killed,” he told Attorney Jose Vazquez.
“Yes sir,” he replied.
After PGR officials warned Z-40 ” that someone on his organization was betraying him , ” the capo decided to go after Hector Moreno and Poncho Cuellar because they believed they were traitors.
Hector Moreno had already been informed by Vazquez who was working with the DEA. Moreno also decided to collaborate and warns Poncho Cuellar.
In late February 2011, the two kingpins wanted by Z-40 decided to escape with their closest family to the United States to surrender to authorities.
The first days of March, Z-40 and Z-42 ordered their hawks in Allende, Piedras Negras, Monclova, in the Carboniferous region and in several municipalities of Cinco Manantiales to locate all friends, and relatives of Cuellar and Moreno, as well as all members of the Zeta organization working under his service.
On March 18, 2011, around 5:30 pm 42 trucks packed with armed men escorted by four municipal police patrols entered Allende, from Piedras Negras.
A dozen municipal police led various groups of assassins to the houses that had been located by the hawks.
In one of the residences of the family Garza Gaytan they were fired upon and three gunmen fell. In the end, the man who shot them and several of his relatives were killed right there by the gunmen.
That day, gunmen took more than 80 people. The next three days they went back for others, including domestic employees and families of Moreno Garza Gaytan.
In Monclova, the night of March 18 a “surgical” operation was carried out to kidnapped 7 bookkeepers and as many members of Los Zetas who were under the orders of Poncho Cuellar.
The same happened in the coalfield municipalities as well as in Nava, Zaragoza, Morelos and other towns of Cinco Manantiales, where they kidnapped dozens of people.
In Piedras Negras, gunmen located and kidnapped 41 relatives and friends of Cuellar, who were taken away to an area in Pico del Águila to the Trevino Morales brothers.
Among those arrested was Efren Tavira. He was saved from being killed because their friends told Z-40 that since Poncho fled he worked for them.
Before leaving the area, Efren Tavira could see when Z-40 , Z-42 and other gunmen peppered with bullets Poncho's 40 friends.
In addition, the destroyed with heavy machinery 27 houses and apartments in Piedras Negras owned by the capo.
“They destroyed everything, broke everything in few parts; my houses and apartments. They stole my horses. They took from me all I had. And killed many people close to me, “said Cuellar to prosecutors.
The hundreds of bodies were cremated using lubricating oil, gasoline, tires and tables. Some in the ranch of the Garza Gaytan family located at kilometer 7 of the Allende-Villa Union road. In another ranch called Tres Hermanos located in Zaragoza. Other more at a “narco kitchen” of the municipality of Guerrero and some inside the Cereso of Piedras Negras.