Sadistic Zetas Kingpin Nabbed
Cartel boss captured without a fight in Mexico
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2013 1:50 AM CDT
Updated Jul 16, 2013 3:30 AM CDT
This mug shot released by Mexico's Interior Ministry shows Zetas drug cartel leader Miguel Angel Trevino Morales.   (AP Photo/Mexico's Interior Ministry)

(Newser) – Mexican security forces have scored a massive victory with the capture of a cartel leader blamed for many of the drug war's worst atrocities. Miguel Angel Trevino, the Zetas boss also known as "40" and "Death," was captured when Mexican marines intercepted his pickup truck with a helicopter a few miles from the US border, Reuters reports. Authorities say not a single shot was fired during the operation, which captured two other senior Zetas along with a cache of firearms and $2 million in cash.

The capture of Trevino—whose reputation for extreme violence including beheadings and hanging bodies from bridges helped him rise to the top of the cartel—without a fight came as a surprise to former FBI agent Arturo Fontes, who has been tracking the cartel leader for years. "He had told his closest associates he’d rather be captured dead than alive," Fontes tells the Dallas Morning News, adding that "Mexico in general is breathing a sign of relief today." But law enforcement officials fear that Trevino's arrest may actually increase violence, at least in the short term, as rivals battle to replace him.

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MSCOTTASHLEY
Jul 17, 2013 8:44 AM CDT
Throughout the entire history of the human race there are three thing people will do, no matter how many laws you pass. Gamble, have sex and get high. The money we spend fighting these things will never stop people from doing them. Never. Making these things illegal creates the opportunity for people, like this guy, to do what they do. Our laws are equilly responsible for the existance of the cartels, gambling rackets and prostitution rings. We are told that if these things were legal our country would be plunged into the depths of hell, yet if you look at countrys that allow these things, Sweden, Columbia etc. you find that is not true.
YankeeJane
Jul 16, 2013 10:19 PM CDT
No trial, no jail. Just a bullet between the eyes. Should have killed him when they caught him. This piece of trash deserves it.
Lefty_Libby
Jul 16, 2013 6:23 PM CDT
If he'd rather be captured dead than alive, I think the Federales should oblige his wishes post haste.