Monday, July 15, 2013

Top Zeta – 'Z-40' – arrested in border town

Nuevo Laredo – Mexican Marines captured and arrested the top member of Los Zetas, a feared drug cartel that once served as an enforcement arm of the Gulf Cartel.
Miguel Angel Trevino Morales

Miguel Angel Trevino Morales – also known as Z-40 – started his criminal career running errands and washing cars on the streets of this border city located at the south end of I-35. Soon, he was running drugs across the border into the state.

As the Zetas, named for a band of Mexican Special Forces deserters, clawed their way to the top of the drug world through sheer brutality and brazenly violent tactics, his cachet increased.

Today, the gang, which is named for the radio channel its commanders once used in military operations, has a fearsome reputation for beheadings, leaving bodies strewn on highways and hanging from overpasses, and defying authorities and their fellow gangsters alike.

All that came to a halt on Monday, when a drug task force of Mexican Marines closed in on Morales, according to a top official of the U.S. Government, quoted anonymously in a news blog of “The Dallas Morning News.”

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