Los Zetas Drug Cartel Leader Trevino Morales Captured as presented by: Denver Post

Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, the notoriously brutal leader of the Zetas drug cartel, was captured by Mexican Marines before dawn on July 14, 2013. The truck was halted by a marine helicopter on a dirt road in the countryside outside the border city of Nuevo Laredo, which has long served as their base of operations. Trevino Morales was taken into custody along with a bodyguard and an accountant, eight guns and $2 million in cash. Morales, known as Z-40, took over the Zetas leadership in October 2012 after Heriberto “the Executioner” Lazcano was killed in a firefight with Mexican marines. Presented below is a selection of photos documenting the toll of brutal violence inflicted by the Zetas in the last few years across Mexico and central America. Weapons and munitions seized during a police and military raid are displayed in Coban, province of Alta Verapaz, Guatemala, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010. The Guatemalan military declared a monthlong state of siege Sunday in Alta Verapaz in hopes of reclaiming cities that have been taken over by Mexico's Zetas drug gang. This mug shot released by Mexico's Interior Ministry on Monday, July 15, 2013, shows Zetas drug cartel leader Miguel Angel Trevino Morales after his arrest. Trevino Morales, the notoriously brutal leader of the Zetas, was captured by Mexican Marines before dawn Monday 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 their base of operations, officials announced. Lozano, who is allegedly a financial operator for the Zetas drug cartel, was arrested in the northern city of Nuevo Laredo. He was found with a large sum of money, that was seized along with ammunition, weapons, a computer and a vehicle.

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