Alleged Regional Leader and Founder of the Mexican Los Zetas Cartel Arrested
By Dialogo January 21, 2011
The police have arrested one of the founders of the Los Zetas drug-trafficking cartel, the group’s alleged regional leader in southern Mexico, believed to be involved in trafficking and kidnapping immigrants, the Secretariat of Public Safety (SSP), announced.
Flavio Méndez, nicknamed ‘El Amarillo’ [‘The Yellow One’], is “one of the founders” and “in charge of the southern region of the country” for Los Zetas, Ramón Pequeño, head of the anti-drug division of the Federal Police, announced at a press conference at which the detainee was brought before the press.
In 2009, the Mexican government, which has been conducting a military offensive against drug trafficking since 2006, included ‘El Amarillo’ on a list of the thirty-seven most-wanted traffickers and offered 15 million pesos (1.2 million dollars) for his detention.
Los Zetas traffic in drugs and carry out kidnappings and extortions throughout the country.