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Leader of Mexico's Zetas drug cartel captured, officials say

Published July 16, 2013
Associated Press

  • July 15, 2013: This mug shot released by Mexico's Interior Ministry shows Zetas drug cartel leader Miguel Angel Trevino Morales after his arrest. (AP)

  • FILE: The leader of Zetas drug cartel, Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, alias Z-40. (ap)
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MEXICO CITY - Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, the notoriously brutal leader of the feared Zetas drug cartel, was captured before dawn Monday in the first major blow against an organized crime leader by a Mexican administration struggling to drive down persistently high levels of violence, officials announced.
Trevino Morales, 40, was captured by Mexican Marines who intercepted a pickup truck with $2 million in cash on a dirt road in the countryside outside the border city of Nuevo Laredo, which has long served as the Zetas' base of operations. The truck was halted by a Marine helicopter and Trevino Morales was taken into custody along with a bodyguard and an accountant and eight guns, government spokesman Eduardo Sanchez told reporters.

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