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Mexico extradites Zetas drug cartel honcho to US

Mexico has extradited Ivan Velazquez Caballero, alias "El Taliban," to the United States, a year after authorities arrested the alleged top lieutenant of the Zetas drug cartel, officials said Friday. Velazquez Caballero, also known as Z-50, appeared Friday before a federal court in Laredo, a Texas city on the border with Mexico, a day after his extradition, US prosecutors said. The 43-year-old is facing trial in the United States on drug and money laundering charges. He risks a maximum of life in prison if convicted.

Brother of Mexico drug cartel chiefs gets 20 years for U.S. money laundering

By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The brother of two kingpins of Mexico's infamous Zetas drug cartel was sentenced on Thursday to 20 years in U.S. federal prison for his role in laundering money for the gang through the buying, training and racing of American quarter horses. Jose Trevino Morales, 42, his wife and two middlemen convicted with him in May handled millions of dollars in drug proceeds for the Zetas, laundering cash through a network of straw buyers in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and California, authorities said.

Mexico moves detained Zetas chief to maximum-security prison

Mexico City, Jul 20 (EFE).- The leader of the Los Zetas drug cartel has been transferred to a maximum-security prison in the central state of Mexico and placed at the disposition of a judge, the federal attorney general's office told Efe. A source with the AG's office said Miguel Angel Treviño Morales, alias "Z40," who was captured Monday in northeastern Mexico, was transferred by navy helicopter at around 1:00 p.m. on Friday. The suspect is to provide his first statement to the judge in prison, located in the town of Almoloya de Juarez.

Zetas leader taken to maximum security prison

The leader of the brutal Zetas drug cartel was transferred to a maximum security prison on Friday, four days after Mexican marines nabbed him in the north of the country, an official said. Miguel Angel Trevino, alias "Z-40," had been held in a facility of the federal attorney general's office in Mexico City since his capture last Monday. The official from the attorney general's office, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Trevino was taken to one of the country's four top security prisons, but he added that the exact location was confidential.

Zetas cartel boss was behind death threats against Mexico's Calderon

Mexico City, Jul 17 (EFE).- Miguel Angel Treviño Morales, the Zetas drug cartel boss arrested earlier this week, threatened to kill former President Felipe Calderon, the Mexico City daily El Universal reported Wednesday. Treviño Morales, alias "Z40," threatened to shoot down the presidential aircraft during a trip Calderon made to the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, aides to the former president told the newspaper. The Zetas cartel, considered Mexico's second-biggest criminal organization, operates across the country, as well as in Central America and other countries.

Mexico captures Zetas cartel leader: federal source

Mexican marines captured the head of the ultra-violent Zetas drug cartel, Miguel Angel Trevino, on Monday, an official from the federal attorney general's office told AFP on Monday. "They carried out an important arrest, of Miguel Angel Trevino, in the early hours of Monday," the official said on condition of anonymity. The Zetas are considered one of the most powerful and feared organized crime groups in Mexico, founded by former soldiers and known for their brutality.
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