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Nuevo Laredo, Mexico

Zetas head captured: Mexico’s most sadistic and feared drug cartel leader has been arrested. Miguel Ángel Treviño Morales, known as “Z-40,” was armed and carrying $2 million in cash when Mexican troops in a helicopter stopped his pickup truck near the U.S. border and captured him without firing a shot. Though Treviño Morales never served in the military, he rose to the top of the Zetas, which formed around special forces soldiers who left the army to create their own drug cartel. The Zetas expanded into extortion, kidnapping, and human trafficking, and became notorious across Mexico for massacring trafficked migrants and beheading police and informers. Treviño Morales’s arrest is expected to kick off a vicious battle for control of the lucrative Nuevo Laredo corridor, through which tons of cocaine and marijuana cross into the U.S.

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