WASHINGTON — Miguel Angel Trevino, whose nickname was Z-40, has been caught and arrested by the Mexican government. Trevino was the top leader of the infamous and brutal Zetas drug cartel.
Reuters reports that this is the biggest capture in recent history for Mexican law enforcement, which was done in an early-morning raid.
Trevino was captured in his hometown of Nuevo Laredo. This is the largest victory of new Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto in his diminished fight against gang and drug cartel violence. Some hope that it could put an end to the widespread violence and crime left in the wake of powerful drug gangs and cartels. Trevino was the second Zetas leader that has been eliminated in some fashion as his predecessor was killed by Mexican Marines last year.
Over 70,000 people have been killed in the Mexican government’s war against the drug trade, which started in 2007. The brutality of the ongoing war has scared off tourists and investors, in addition to giving Mexico a bad reputation in the international community.
The Zetas cartel and other drug gangs would behead rivals or migrant workers and leave their headless corpses in prominent and popular locations and thoroughfares.