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Report: Head Of Zetas Cartel Captured

CICELY MITCHELL, CBS Houston
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An assault rifle, semiautomatic pistols, ammo and other stuff seized in the arrest of ten alleged members of the drug cartel "Los Zetas", are presented to the press in Monterrey, Mexico, on February 9, 2012. More than 40,000 people have been killed in rising drug-related violence in Mexico since December 2006, when President Felipe Calderon deployed soldiers and federal police to take on organized crime. AFP PHOTO/Julio Cesar Aguilar (Photo credit should read Julio Cesar Aguilar/AFP/Getty Images)

An assault rifle, semiautomatic pistols, ammo and other stuff seized in the arrest of ten alleged members of the drug cartel ‘Los Zetas’, are presented to the press in Monterrey, Mexico, on February 9, 2012. (credit: Julio Cesar Aguilar/AFP/Getty Images)

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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) According to reports, a U.S. federal official stated that Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, head of the brutal Zetas drug cartel, had been captured in northern Mexico Monday.

One of Mexico’s most wanted drug lords has been captured: Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, who is also known as “Z-40.”

CBSNews.com further reports that the cartel has been deemed as one of the most violent and dangerous in the world: “The Zetas cartel is among Mexico’s most violent drug organizations, notorious for civilian killings and beheadings. Is leaders ordered the killing of 72 undocumented immigrants in 2010 in what is known as the San Fernando massacre. More recently in May, the Mexican army said their leaders ordered underlings to leave 49 mutilated bodies in a northern Mexico town square,” as stated by CBSNews.com. 

Trevino Morales who is the brother of Jose, has long been seen as one of the most violent leaders of the cartel. Jose was recently sentenced to 20 years in prison in Texas for using a racetrack to hide illegal drug profits for his brothers.

“Las Zetas is one of eight major, rival drug cartels involved in an ongoing conflict for regional control,” according to CBSNews.com.

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