Mexico Captures Powerful Drug Cartel Leader
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Mexican authorities announced the arrest of one of the country's most-wanted drug lords Monday night.
Miguel Angel Treviño Morales, also known as "40," is the leader of Los Zetas, one of Mexico's most powerful and most feared drug cartels. Mexican Marines captured him early Monday morning outside Nuevo Laredo driving down a rural road in a pickup truck.
In Mexico, Treviño Morales faces multiple charges including homicide, money laundering and engaging in organized crime. Mexican authorities accuse him of ordering the kidnapping and murder of 265 of Central and South American migrants discovered in a clandestine grave between 2010 and 2011.
Treviño Morales for is also indicted for trafficking drugs and weapons in U.S. federal court. He's believed to have controlled vast drug shipments, including cocaine and marijuana, into the United States. U.S. authorities offered up to $5 million dollars in reward money for information leading to his arrest.
Treviño Morales grew up in Nuevo Laredo across the border from south Texas. His brother, Jose Treviño Morales, was convicted in a federal court in Austin in May for money laundering.