Sangre Nueva Zeta is a criminal organization and splinter faction of Los Zetas operating out of and between the states of Puebla and Veracruz.
Diversified in their activities, Sangre Nueva Z operates by selling narcotics and alcohol within the San Miguel prison, which is reportedly under their control via the command of ex-SNZ leader 'El Lalo.' Lalo, whom has previously threatened prison officials with riots should security forces attempt to dismantle their trafficking operations within the prison, was the leader of the group prior to it being taken over by the man known as 'El Bukanas.'
Bukanas, a construction worker turned cop turned career criminal, left the Acultzingo municipal police in 2012 after 11 years of gainful employment to join Los Zetas. He is also the current head of Sangre Nueva Z, after El Lalo's arrest in 2016, and a seasoned Huachicolero and train robber to boot.
As expected, El Bukanas has expanded Sangre Nueva Zeta into this role - train robbing - and the group has since grown quite a reputation for derailing and robbing freight trains heading out from Orizaba, Veracruz into Puebla.
His cell is reportedly based out of Ciudad Mendoza, where it had moved to after a failed arrest attempt on its leader which forced it to move out of La Encrucijada in Palmar de Bravo. There is currently a $344,000 CAD bounty offered for information leading to the arrest of El Bukanas from the Mexican government; lending to the idea they may yet be forced to move headquarters again.
Currently, Sangre Nueva Zeta is engaged in a bitter turf war with elements of the Jalisco New Generation Cártel (CJNG) for control of what is known as the 'Red Triangle' in Puebla. This zone, encompassing the townships of Acajete, Acatzingo, Tepeaca, Quecholac, Tecamachalco, and Palmar de Bravo is to Huachicoleo what the Golden Triangle is to the production of Marijuana in the Sierra mountains.
Due to this, we have seen many battles between the forces of El Bukanas and his CJNG counterpart, El Toñin, reportedly once a partner and friend to Bukanas, erupting within the zone.
Because of this, the Red Triangle has seen a severe uptick in robberies, kidnappings, rapes and murders. Conflict which will not likely pass until one of the two criminal groups comes out on top. If it is to follow the pattern similar to that of which we've seen in Guanajuato, then Puebla may be in for the long haul.