Posted: Jun 13, 2012 4:48 PM
Updated: Jun 13, 2012 5:43 PM
WESLACO - A UTB professor said the indictment of 14 alleged Zetas members won't have a big impact on the criminal organization.
"It's a little bit mythical the way this has been presented," explained Guadalupe Correa Cabrera, who has spent much of her time analyzing the cartels south of the border. "As if there is an operation in the United States that has to do with one of the heads, it means that it is a big hit against the organization. I'm not sure of that. It's not even an important business."
She said money laundering is only a small entity of the drug world. The biggest name among the people indictment is Jose Trevino Morales. He's the brother of top Zetas leaders, Miguel Angel and Oscar Omar Trevino Morales.
"Miguel Trevino Morales is considered to be the main person in the Nuevo Laredo plaza and the second person in power in the Zetas organization," explained Cabrera.
She said unlike many criminal organizations, the Zetas aren't structured vertically, so "we don't know how much influence he has over the whole organization." She added the Zetas organization does not end in Mexico. It also has important branches in Guatemala and Central America.
Cabrera said the people arrested in connection with the indictment could have very little impact on such a huge organization. She said it will be a sit-and-wait kind of situation.
As for the violent acts the Zetas are known for, Cabrera doubts people in the U.S. will ever see these acts.