MEXICO CITY | The Mexican government said on Monday it captured the violent leader of the Zetas drug cartel in an early-morning raid, marking the biggest victory for President Enrique Pena Nieto in his fight against gang-led bloodshed.
Marines arrested Miguel Angel Trevino after intercepting his pick-up truck with a helicopter a few miles (km) from his home town of Nuevo Laredo on the U.S. border, government spokesman Eduardo Sanchez told reporters.
“Not a single shot was fired,” Sanchez said.
The Zetas have been blamed for many of the worst atrocities in Mexico’s struggle with drug gangs. Pena Nieto has pledged to restore peace to a country that has suffered more than 70,000 deaths to cartel violence since the start of 2007.
Trevino, 40, was caught along with two associates following a months-long operation to track him down, Sanchez said. Authorities also seized more than $2 million dollars in cash and a cache of arms in the operation, he said.
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