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.” 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 

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


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