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U.S. Offers Fifty Million Dollars for Information on Ten Mexican Drug Traffickers

By Dialogo
July 22, 2009



Washington, July 20 (EFE).- The United States is offering a total of fifty
million dollars as a reward for information leading to the capture of ten members of
the Mexican Gulf cartel and its armed wing, known as “The Zetas,” the State
Department announced today.

The wanted members of the cartel are Heriberto Lazcano-Lazcano, Antonio
Ezequiel Cárdenas-Guillén, Miguel Treviño Morales, Mario Ramírez-Treviño, Gilberto
Barragán-Balderas, Juan Reyes Mejía-González, Alejandro Treviño Morales, and Samuel
Flores Borrego.

The members of “The Zetas” are Jesús Enrique Rejon-Aguilar and Aurelio Cano
Flores.

With this action the State Department, in coordination with the Justice
Department, is offering rewards of up to five million dollars for information
leading to the arrest of each individual on the list, by virtue of the Narcotics
Rewards Program.

The State Department recalls in a press release that the Gulf cartel
“controls most of the cocaine and marijuana trafficking through the Matamoros,
through the Mexican corridor,” on Mexico’s eastern border with the United States.

The statement also indicates that “The Zetas” “evolved from a small group of
deserters from the Mexican Special Forces into a ruthless security force for the
entire Gulf Cartel and have become a significant drug trafficking organization in
their own right.”

Since the creation of the Narcotics Rewards Program in the 1980s, the State
Department has paid more than forty-four million dollars in rewards to individuals
whose information has helped to bring some of the main Mexican drug traffickers to
justice.

Among them are Juan García Abrego, Óscar Malherbe de León, and Osiel Cárdenas
Guillén, three of the original leaders of the Gulf cartel.
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