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Excélsior columnist Leo Zuckermann says the capture and killing of top leaders of the Zeta cartel is the culmination of a strategy finally begun in 2011 by the Calderón administration to target Mexico's most violent organized crime organization. That switch helped lead the killing of top Zetas leader Heriberto "El Lazca" Lazcano in October, and to Monday's capture of Miguel Ángel Treviño Morales, also known as Z-40, under President Enrique Peña Nieto's administration.
Zuckermann said the change in strategy occurred in 2011, the year the nation was outraged by the setting on fire of the Casino Royale in Monterrey, which killed 52 people. The nation had previously been outraged by the slaughter of 265 migrants in San Fernando in Tamaulipas state. Zuckermann's column.
According to El Universal, Treviño is wanted for the following, among many other things:
• Ordering the kidnapping and killing of 265 migrants in San Fernando, Tamaulipas.
• Being the mastermind of the burning of the Casino Royale en Monterrey that killed 52 people.
• The massacre of 44 prisoners and the escape of 37 others at the Apodaca prison.
• Having a money-laundering network in Mexico and the United States.
• The theft of the body of slain Zeta leader Heriberto Lazcano from a funeral home.
• Killing 14 members of his own organization who apparently defied his authority.
Story, Frontera (PDF).
Suspected Zetas organized crime leader Miguel Ángel Treviño Morales, known as Z-40, was arrested early Monday in Nuevo Laredo and may be extradited to the United States, the Mexican Interior Ministry said. The Zetas have been wreaking havoc over the past decade; in October, another top Zeta leader, Heriberto "El Lazca" Lazcano, was killed in Coahuila state.
Los Angeles Times story: "Leader of Zetas drug cartel captured: '40' may be extradited to U.S."
Excélsior's Leo Zuckermann wrote in his Tuesday column that the story was first reported by the Dallas Morning News' Alfredo Corchado. This would make Monday a real red-letter day for Corchado, as he also was interviewed by Margaret Warner on the PBS Newshour as a result of his new book, Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter's Journey Through a Country's Descent Into Darkness.
Arrest photo, at left; DEA wanted photo, at right