From: Jesus Mendez, Director,
Los Zetas marketing and new product research
To: Pablo Hernandez, CEO Los Zetas
In Re: New products, new markets
A constant topic in our marketing and strategy efforts is "what new
products can we market in the USA?" I see the current efforts in the
U.S. to ban the manufacture of certain rifles, pistols and shotguns as
the biggest opportunity for our cartel in decades!
It is really a win-win situation for us, our American distribution
network, as well as out overseas business partners in Afghanistan,
Pakistan, Thailand, Russia, Somalia and Vietnam.
Our partners have very large warehouses full of small-arms from
every war since WWI. While I have no doubt that our ubiquitous
full-automatic AK-47 will be our best seller, the Kalashnikov will not
be our only offering. I have a virtually limitless supply of used AK's at US $20.00 which
we can retail for US $200.00. The 1,000% mark-up fits our business
model quite well. For our more upscale Gringo customers we can offer new
AK-47's for US $1,000 each. Since we will be buying by the container
load I feel we can keep our cost per unit at US $200. each. We can get
similar pricing on AKM's.
Our Opium/Marijuana suppliers in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia tell me
they have been sitting on many thousands of M-16's, tens of thousands of
M-16 mags, as well as the M-79 and M-203 grenade launchers. The
condition will vary depending on how they have been stored. I have
already looked into the feasibility of arsenal quality restoration. My
initial inquiries show more than enough profit potential to make the
effort worthwhile. A bonus here: These folks have several thousand
M-1Thompson submachine guns warehoused. In good condition we can easily
sell them for US $10,000.00 each. Our cost will be US $250.00 to $500.00
We must also offer our customers the full range of modern infantry weapons:
1.) C-4 and Semtex (along with timers, and blasting caps)
2.) Claymore mines
3.) Anti-tank mines
4.) LAWS rockets
5.) Stinger Missiles
6.) Hand grenades
7.) M-79 & M-203 Grenade launchers
Our immediate market niche is ammunition and magazines (The word "Insatiable" comes to mind).
The demand for AR-15 mags is literally in the millions. Our
suppliers tell me they can get us mil-spec mags for about $5.00 each. We
can sell them for $25.00 each (500% profit) undercutting all American
sources. We look at the magazine sales as very short term as there are
many thousands of American home shops that can manufacture magazines.
As to ammunition: We can sell as many tons of 5.56 NATO, 7.72 NATO,
7.62X39, All pistol calibers, even .22 LR that we can get our hands on
(all at a very worthwhile profit). We look at mil-spec ammo as a
on-going profit center for many years into the future.
Sir, your idea to pay-off Fienstein, Schumer, Coumo, et al, through
our existing methods (American PAC's) to introduce/support anti-gun
legislation was absolutely brilliant! In addition, all the Americans (
DHS, Border Patrol, DEA) on our payroll are already on-board, anxious to
fatten their wallets with our new product lines.
The plethora of evidence we retain demonstrating the U.S. Gov't.
complicity in our drug export business these past 45 years will allow us
to open these new product lines with impunity.
In closing we must keep in mind the on-going need for spare parts
and magazines of every type. I know this will complicate our logistics,
but we must look at the long term picture here.
In our private conversations we have often marveled at the Gringo
stupidity and Yankee arrogance of those who believe that 5,000 years of
market demands always being met by willing suppliers somehow does not
apply to the USA.
Jesus Mendez, Director Los Zetas
Marketing and new product research