Mexican Marines capture Los Zetas chief

Posted by: Phineas on July 15, 2013 at 9:10 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Wow. This is huge news:

One of Mexico’s most wanted drug lords has been captured: Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, also known as “Z-40.”

Trevino Morales, leader of the brutal Los Zetas cartel, was caught Sunday by Mexico Marines in his hometown of Nuevo Laredo, just over the U.S. border, CBS News has learned.

The U.S. State Department had offered a $5 million reward for Trevino Morales.

The Zetas cartel is among Mexico’s most violent drug organizations, notorious for civilian killings and beheadings. Is leaders ordered the killing of 72 undocumented immigrants in 2010 in what is known as the San Fernando massacre. More recently in May, the Mexican army said their leaders ordered underlings to leave 49 mutilated bodies in a northern Mexico town square.

The Mexican drug cartels are a nasty bunch, but the Zetas are the worst of the worst. Founded by former Mexican Special Forces members who first worked as soldiers for the cartels before striking out on their own, they’ve been called the Mexico’s most dangerous drug cartel. Beheadings, bombings, massacres, terrorism… You name it, they’ve been in on it. “Well done” to the Mexican military; this is quite a take-down, and I hope this leads to information that allows the Mexican and US governments to roll up Los Zetas on both sides of the border.

Maybe we’ll even finally see justice for David Hartley, who was murdered at Falcon Lake, and some peace for his widow.

UPDATE: Fixed the headline to give proper credit to the Mexican Marines. Sorry, guys.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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5 Responses to “Mexican Marines capture Los Zetas chief”


  1. Drew the Infidel says:

    The war on drugs and the war on terror are alike since they are open-ended struggles which will have to be fought for the foreseeable future. There will be no political solution. As long as people are addicted to drugs and ideological extremism respectively, the wars will continue.

    The laws prevalent in any society are largely a reflection of what that society will tolerate. Will the US tolerate a drug problem? Yes, because there are numerous serial drug offenders. Will the Middle East? No, because the penalty there for mere possession is death.

  2. Carlos says:

    Gosh, I wonder who in the world trained those Mexican Special Forces people who went bad? (Only after being recommended for such duty by their own government, of course! Had the United States military asked the Mexican government if their recommended Special Forces trainees were fit mentally and morally for the job, I’m sure the Mexican government would have sworn on a stack of Communist Manifestos that they were all candidates for sainthood.)

  3. John A says:

    This is indeed big, quite a blow to the Zetas. I hope wherever they intend to hold him is heavily defended.

  4. ALman says:

    Not to discount the capture, I wonder about its impact on the cartel and the flow of drugs. Will i weaken both, at least for a time? Or, given the nature of today’s cartels will this amount to a little more than a company changing a CEO?

  5. Kate says:

    I wonder how the cartel will retaliate. How many be-headings can we expect? Scary situation….no wonder the folks in Mexico want to come here!