(Image source: Twitter / Alfonso Ponce)

 

 

BY JOHN O’CONNOR

 

 

A man said to be one of Mexico’s most wanted and ruthless drug lords has been captured.

 

Miguel Angel Trevino Morales — the leader of Mexico’s brutal Zetas cartel — was arrested Sunday by Mexican marines just outside of Mexico City. (Via BBC)

 

Trevino Morales and two other men were taken into custody. Mexican officials say no shots were fired in the arrests, and that the men were found with two million U.S. dollars in cash and eight firearms. (Via WRC-TV)

 

According to the BBC, Morales and the Zetas cartel are among Mexico’s most violent drug gangs  — notorious for beheading rival cartel members and killing civilians.

 

“Trevino Morales is believed to be responsible for ordering … the torture and murder of 72 Central American immigrants in San Fernando … He was also blamed for another atrocity a year later in which nearly 200 immigrants were massacred.”

 

The Los Angeles Times explains why Trevino Morales’ capture is a big win for government officials who vowed to crack down on the cartels shortly after being elected seven months ago.

 

“The removal of Treviño Morales from his perch at the head of the most feared drug and smuggling gang in Mexico is an important success for the government and law enforcement. But it will also probably ignite a bloody wave of violence as his cohorts fight to succeed him.”

 

“Las Zetas” is one of eight major Mexican drug cartels involved in an ongoing battle for control over drug smuggling routes in the region. (Via CBS)

 

According to The New York Times, the turf war to secure cocaine trafficking routes into the U.S. has led to the deaths of tens of thousands of people.

 

The U.S. government was offering a $5 million reward for Trevino Morales capture. Mexican officials would not say whether the U.S. has asked for the cartel leader’s extradition.

Mexico Captures Notorious 'Zetas' Drug Cartel Leader

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Jul 16, 2013

Mexico Captures Notorious 'Zetas' Drug Cartel Leader

(Image source: Twitter / Alfonso Ponce)

 

 

BY JOHN O’CONNOR

 

 

A man said to be one of Mexico’s most wanted and ruthless drug lords has been captured.

 

Miguel Angel Trevino Morales — the leader of Mexico’s brutal Zetas cartel — was arrested Sunday by Mexican marines just outside of Mexico City. (Via BBC)

 

Trevino Morales and two other men were taken into custody. Mexican officials say no shots were fired in the arrests, and that the men were found with two million U.S. dollars in cash and eight firearms. (Via WRC-TV)

 

According to the BBC, Morales and the Zetas cartel are among Mexico’s most violent drug gangs  — notorious for beheading rival cartel members and killing civilians.

 

“Trevino Morales is believed to be responsible for ordering … the torture and murder of 72 Central American immigrants in San Fernando … He was also blamed for another atrocity a year later in which nearly 200 immigrants were massacred.”

 

The Los Angeles Times explains why Trevino Morales’ capture is a big win for government officials who vowed to crack down on the cartels shortly after being elected seven months ago.

 

“The removal of Treviño Morales from his perch at the head of the most feared drug and smuggling gang in Mexico is an important success for the government and law enforcement. But it will also probably ignite a bloody wave of violence as his cohorts fight to succeed him.”

 

“Las Zetas” is one of eight major Mexican drug cartels involved in an ongoing battle for control over drug smuggling routes in the region. (Via CBS)

 

According to The New York Times, the turf war to secure cocaine trafficking routes into the U.S. has led to the deaths of tens of thousands of people.

 

The U.S. government was offering a $5 million reward for Trevino Morales capture. Mexican officials would not say whether the U.S. has asked for the cartel leader’s extradition.

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