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Zetas Cartel Boss Nabbed in Mexico

July 16, 2013

The reputed boss of the notorious Mexican criminal organization Los Zetas has been captured by federal troops and is in custody, local media reported.

Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, alias "Z-40," is one of the alleged crime bosses most wanted by both the Mexican and US governments.

Milenio Television reported that Mexican Marines captured him between the north-eastern states of Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon. Other media versions said the arrest occurred in the city of Nuevo Laredo, near the Texas border.

Trevino reporedly rose to the top of the violent gang after the death of Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano in October.

Los Zetas came into being as enforcers, originally composed of army deserters, for the Gulf drugs cartel. They broke away in 2010 and became a powerful rival organization that has grown to control large extensions of territory in Mexico and Central America, with operations in the US.

It is blamed for having raised level of brutality in Mexico's gang wars with beheadings and large-scale massacres, often of civilians.

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH