, Costilla was often viewed as the "strongest leader" of the two, but collaborated with Antonio Cárdenas, who acted as representative of his jailed brother.  In addition, El Universal newspaper mentions that the narco-corruption in Tamaulipas is due to the fact the opposing political parties, the PAN and the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), rarely win an election and "practically do not exist". , It is unclear which of the two – the Gulf Cartel or Los Zetas – started the conflict that led to their break up. Highways 59, 77, 83, and 281.  Mario Cárdenas Guillén, brother of both Osiel and Antonio, became one of the top lieutenants in the organization after his release from prison in 2007. Court documents indicated that García Ábrego was bribing several law enforcement officials, prosecutors, and politicians on both sides on the border to keep himself impune and untouched. La Jornada Aguascalientes |  Thomas A. Shannon, a U.S. diplomat and ambassador, stated that criminal organizations like the Gulf Cartel have "substantially weakened" the institutions in Mexico and Central America, and have generated a surge of violence in the United States. All Rights Reserved.  --> El director de la Policía Ministerial José Guadalupe Celestino, es el que maneja la venta de drogas en la capital del estado. MOST POPULAR. Some of the revenue of the Gulf Cartel is often laundered in several bank accounts, properties, vehicles, and gasoline stations.  Juan García Ábrego is currently serving 11 life terms in a maximum security prison in Colorado, U.S. In 1996, it was disclosed that García Ábrego's organization paid millions of dollars in bribes to politicians and law enforcement officers for his protection.  The bloodbath in Tamaulipas has caused thousands of deaths, but most of shootings and body counts often go unreported. var summ = summary_noimg; Es una situación muy tensa”, expuso.  Los Zetas, as they are known, served as the hired private mercenary army of the Gulf Cartel.  The products sold can be clothing, TVs, video games, music, computer programs, and movies.  The complexity and territorial advantage of Los Zetas forced the Gulf Cartel to seek for an alliance with the Sinaloa Cartel and La Familia Michoacana; in addition, Stratfor mentioned that these three organizations also united because they hold a "profound hate" for Los Zetas. Atom  The Economist mentioned in 1997 that the drug money from the Gulf Cartel in the Rio Grande Valley was perhaps moving about $20 billion, and that around 15% of the retailers' gains were from drug money.