Considered one of Mexico’s most wanted drug lords, Miguel Angel Trevino, also known as Z-40, the alleged leaders of the Los Zetas cartel was captured on Sunday.
In Anahuac, Mexico, a town near the border of Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon states, Morales was apprehended by Mexican Marines. According to authorities, the arrest involved no shots being fired despite three guns being found at the scene. Morales was arrested along with two other men including an estimated 2 million U.S. dollars in cash.
According to Eduardo Sanchez Hernandez, Mexico’s assistant Secretary of Media and Security, the roles of the two men arrested along with Morales is unsure but believed one was a bodyguard while the other was in charge of finances.
Notorious for beheading civilians at their discretion, the Zetas cartel is one of the most violent drug organization in Mexico. In 2010, a total of 72 undocumented immigrants were killed by the drug cartel in what has been called the San Fernando Massacre.
Back in May of this year, the Mexican Army revealed details regarding an ordered made by the cartel’s leader for lesser members in the organization to leave 49 mutilated bodies in the town square of Mexican town located in the north.
While Morales was just arrested, his brother Jose was recently captured himself and was sentenced to 20 years in Texas for hiding illegal drug profits for his brothers in a racetrack.
While Morales arrested could be seen as a possible take down for the Zetas they are just one of the eight drug cartels heavily involved in the ongoing drug wars of Mexico.