Head of Mexico's Zetas Drug Cartel Reportedly Arrested Near Texas-Mexico Border

Good news for a change.

Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, 40, head of the Zetas cartel, was intercepted with two lieutenants in a pick-up truck near Nuevo Laredo.

Mexican officials said he had eight guns and $2m (£1.3m) in cash.

Trevino Morales, infamous for his brutality, was wanted on both sides of the border for ordering massacres and running drugs on a global scale.

He took control of the Zetas following the death of group founder Heriberto Lazcano in October 2012.


Trevino Morales, known as "Zeta-40", was captured outside Nuevo Laredo, near the US border at dawn on Monday, government spokesman Eduardo Sanchez told a news conference.

"Three people in the truck were detained by ground troops, who had arrived to support the naval forces, who had carried out the detention via the helicopter. Not a single shot was fired," he said.

It is thought the authorities were acting on a tip-off.


Before he became the group's overall leader, Trevino Morales co-ordinated the gang's important Nuevo Laredo drug corridor into the US, the region in which he was finally apprehended.

He is also believed to have controlled a squad of killers who operated in the US state of Texas.

But...the border is as secure as ever!