Mexican marines have captured Miguel Angel Trevino, feared leader of the Zetas drug cartel. GlobalPost reports on the rise of one of Mexico’s deadliest drug gangs, whose tentacles sprawled over the country's borders on Trevino's watch.
Mexican officials say they have arrested one of the country's top drug kingpins who led the vicious Zetas cartel.
Miguel Angel Trevino Morales was seized by Mexican naval special forces in Nuevo Laredo, just across the border from Laredo, Texas.
Trevino, also known by the nickname of Z-40, is one of the most wanted drug criminals on either side of the border, police said at a news conference Monday night.
"[He] is the alleged perpetrator of the narco graves found in Tamaulipas state, with more than 200 bodies and the execution of more than 50 people by his own hand in different parts of the republic, [as well as] the murder of David Hartley, an American citizen killed at Falcon Dam on September 30, 2010."
Prison guards who apparently let inmates belonging to the brutal Los Zetas gang kill scores of rivals from the Gulf Cartel during a weekend riot then let others escape, have been fired along with the prison director.
Two bloggers hanged from a bridge in Nuevo Laredo in September (Raul Llamas/AFP/Getty Images)
Mexican tweeters and bloggers were shaken anew on Wednesday when a decapitated body appeared by a statue next to a message that the victim was killed because of what he wrote on the Internet. Police found the corpse in Nuevo Laredo, a city on the border with Texas where the ultra violent Zetas cartel fight rivals over the lucrative drug trade.