Head of Brutal Mexican Drug Cartel Captured
By VOA News
The Mexican government says the head of the country’s notorious Zetas drug trafficking cartel has been captured.
Miguel Angel Trevino, known by his nickname “Z-40,” was captured Monday by Mexican Marines while riding in a pickup truck near the border city of Nuevo Laredo.
A government spokesman says they also seized about $2 million in cash and several guns from the pickup truck. Two people riding with Trevino, whom authorities have identified as his bodyguard and an accountant, were also detained.
The 40-year-old Trevino became head of the Zetas last year after his predecessor, Heriberto Lazcano, was killed in a shootout with Marines. He is accused of several crimes, including kidnapping, murder, and torture.
The United States had offered a $5 million reward for information leading to Trevino’s capture.
The Zetas are linked to a number of brutal atrocities in an ongoing war between Mexico’s drug cartels, including the massacre of 72 migrants in northern Mexico in 2010. A group of former special forces soldiers formed the Zetas in the 1990s as enforcers for the Gulf Cartel, but the two sides split in 2010.
About 70,000 people have been killed since former President Felipe Calderon launched a military offensive against Mexico’s drug cartels after he took office in 2006. Mr. Calderon’s successor, Enrique Pena Nieto, has pledged to bring an end to the violence that has plagued country.