Zetas Cartel Boss Nabbed in Mexico

Organization's No. 3 wanted for killing of US customs agent
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Suggested by Larry-Crehore
Posted Jul 5, 2011 4:00 AM CDT
Mexican federal police present "El Mamito" to the media.   (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)
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(Newser) – Mexico has busted an army deserter who helped found one of the country's most powerful drug cartels. Jesus Rejon Aguilar—alias "El Mamito" or "Pretty Boy"—was third in command of the Zetas drug cartel and is suspected of crimes including the killing of a US customs agent in northern Mexico earlier this year, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Rejon served in a special forces unit before founding the Zetas with fellow ex-soldiers in 1999. The organization started out as the Gulf Cartel's military wing before breaking away to become a drug cartel itself, sparking a feud that has been among the deadliest in Mexico's drug war. Police say Rejon was captured without a shot being fired.

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