Mexican Drug Dealer Gunned Down Near Texas Border For Trying To Leave Cartel

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A low-level drug dealer part of the notorious Los Zetas cartel was gunned down in a cartel hit job Friday in the Mexican city of Piedras Negras, near the U.S. border with Texas.

22-year-old Jose Luis Hernandez Gamez was found by Coahuila State Police with a bullet above his cheek after emergency services were called. Hernandez Gamez died shortly after being taken to a hospital for treatment, reports Breitbart.

Hernandez Gamez had reportedly been arrested recently for his drug dealings, reportedly prompting him to want to leave the illicit narcotics business — which is thought to be why he was executed in the street.

Los Zetas used to be the enforcement wing of the Gulf Cartel — which is widely acknowledged to be one of the top three Mexican cartels — until the two parted ways and became bloody rivals. Los Zetas is largely made up of former members of the Mexican military’s special forces.

In spite of the widespread media attention garnered in recent months by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera and his Sinaloa Cartel, Mexican drug trafficking is made up of various organized crime groups. Zetas is particularly known for its fondness of extreme violence, as opposed to the bribery and intimidation more often used by rival cartels.

While Los Zetas remain one of the most powerful cartels in Mexican drug trafficking, the organization is becoming increasingly fragmented.

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