July 16 - Mexican authorities capture infamous Zetas druglord “Z-40''. Julie Noce reports.
The leader of one of Mexico's most notorious drug cartels, the Zetas, is now in the custody of Mexican armed forces. Interior Ministry Spokesperson Eduardo Sanchez. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) INTERIOR MINISTRY SPOKESPERSON, EDUARDO SANCHEZ, SAYING: "Early this morning, members of Mexico's armed forced detained Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, 40 years old. This person has seven arrest orders by federal judges and is involved in at least 12 previous cases. He is accused of organised crime, homicide, crimes against health, torture, money laundering, importing firearms normally used exclusively by armed forces, among others." Authorities say Z-40, as he was known, had a reputation for extreme violence. He was detained in a dramatic early morning operation involving armed forces. The capture is a victory for President Enrique Pena Nieto who has vowed to reduce the death toll in the country's war on drugs that has killed some 70,000 people.