Los Zetas Mexican Cartel Leader, Z-40, Captured
By Dialogo July 17, 2013
Miguel Ángel Treviño, aka “Z-40”, considered the violent leader of the Mexican cartel Los Zetas, was captured early on July 15, during a military operation near the border town of Nuevo Laredo (northeast), a major blow against drug trafficking conducted by Enrique Peña Nieto’s current government.
“This morning, Miguel Ángel Treviño Morales, age 40, was arrested by the Mexican Navy (…) He is accused of organized crime, murder, drug crimes, torture, money laundering,” as well as massacres against immigrants, Eduardo Sánchez, the government’s security cabinet spokesman, told the press.
Treviño became the Los Zetas’ top leader, the most violent cartel in the country, to which killings in Central America have been attributed, after former leader Heriberto Lazcano was killed in October, a few weeks before the end of Felipe Calderón’s administration (2006-2012), which was marked by the violence of his straightforward battle against drug trafficking.
The Mexican Navy, which was after Treviño for months, deployed an operation with ground personnel and a helicopter in an area located 27 kilometers southeast of Nuevo Laredo, on the border with Laredo, Texas, where the drug trafficker was located, Sánchez explained.
Without firing a single shot, Treviño was arrested with two other men while traveling in a truck on a dirt road. They seized “2 million dollars carried in the truck, as well as eight long weapons,” the spokesman added.
Authorities believe that one of the two men captured was a financial operator of Los Zetas, while the second one was Treviño’s security guard.
Nuevo Laredo is inTamaulipas state, one of Los Zetas feuds, where they were accused of perpetrating one of the worst massacres of Mexican trafficking in August 2010: the killing of 72 immigrants from Central and South America that were found at a ranch in San Fernando municipality.
Sánchez confirmed that Treviño is accused of being the Zetas chief who gave the order for the massacre, as well as the killing of 193 other people that were also kidnapped when traveling aboard buses towards the U.S. border, and whose corpses were found buried in clandestine graves in San Fernando in 2011.