Check it out:
Here’s the translation of the first message, which is signed by “R1″ (aka Juan Reyes Mejía González), a commander in the CDG (that’s the Mexican acronym for the “Gulf Cartel”) in charge of fighting the war against the Zetas in Tamaulipas:
Wazzup, fuckin’ stinky 40?! You oughtta first kill your girl, the one who made you look like a pussy (pendejo)–you couldn’t even handle your girl, and she got away from you and split. And then she goes and turns on you and spills the beans to the DEA. So first take care of her, and then you can come fight me.(Note: At some point, R1 calls 42 “chueco mal hecho“, which means he was bad from the time of conception and born defective. They always have a “colorful” way of swearing and insulting.)
Do you remember what you did to the men who killed your brother? Well, that’s what I’m going to do to you and your brother, 42.
Here’s my rough translation of the second video “message,” signed by the whole Gulf Cart clan:
Look at this, fucking Lazcano! This is what’s gonna happen to anyone who tries coming to Reynosa. Here’s what’s left of those who worked for “The Guide” (“El Guía,” most likely a Zetas commander or cell leader). Now, I’m telling you “pipirrijas” [PM: I have no idea what this word means but it's probably like pendejo, some sort of Tamaulipas slang that I've never heard it before] you better deliver “40″ and “42″ or have them delivered to me with bullet holes in their heads, and you better come and apologize to me on your knees because I already got half of what I said I’d take from you. We aren’t the ones running around telling everyone how bad-assed we are; it’s you who are the roosters, who can only measure your worth by fighting.(Note: Illegal cock-fights are a popular sport among narcos. A couple of years ago I actually went to a couple of cock-fights that were being hosted by the plaza bosses for the Beltran Leyvas. This was like two or three years ago, when they were still alive, of course.)
Sincerely, Gulf Cartel.
So what are these messages all about? Well, if we are to believe the news, the Zetas are currently getting their asses handed to them by the Gulf Cartel, and the video messages are obviously meant to drive that point home, psychologically. What’s interesting about them is that they reveal just how deep the hatred between the two sides goes, particularly towards “Z-40″. The messages also give a sense of how the narcos “talk” to each other directly…and the kind of verbal abuse, mockery and taunts captured Zetas have to listen to while they are being tortured—before they get their heads cut off and photographed.