MEXICO CITY (March 8, 2011)--A newly captured leader of the Zetas drug cartel has revealed the cartel has a non-aggression pact with three other gangs, the Juarez, Beltran Leyva and Arellano Felix organizations, Mexican federal police say.
While the four gangs are not known recently to have been fighting major turf wars with each other, it was the first mention of a formal truce between them.
Federal police anti-narcotics chief Ramon Pequeno said the alleged Zetas leader, Marcos Carmona Hernandez, was arrested Monday in the southern state of Oaxaca.
Pequeno said Hernandez revealed the non-aggression pact to police, the latest insight into Mexico's drug underworld of shifting alliances.
The agreement, however, appeared to be confirmation of reality more than a game-changer. The four gangs in the pact have a common enemy: the powerful Sinaloa cartel led by Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, one of the world's most-wanted drug lords.
The strife has severely disrupted life in the city of Monterrey and surrounding towns.
On Monday, the mayor of the town of Garcia warned residents to avoid going out at night. Mayor Jaime Rodriguez, the target of an assassination attempt last month, was the second Monterrey area mayor in a week to issue such a warning.
Sinaloa, meanwhile, is fighting the Juarez cartel in the northern state of Chihuahua, a war that has turned Ciudad Juarez into one of the world's deadliest cities.