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Top cartel leader captured in Mexico

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 - 01:28

July 17 - Leader of notorious Zetas drug cartel captured with $2 million in cash in early morning raid. Tom Dinham reports.

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WARNING: VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES Mexico wakes up to news of the arrest of one of its most wanted criminals. Miguel Angel Trevino, leader of the notorious Zetas drugs cartel, was captured in the early hours of Tuesday morning after his pick-up truck was intercepted by a navy helicopter. Trevino's capture is the latest in a string of blows to the cartel, whose previous leader was killed by marines in a firefight in northern Mexico last October. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto hailed one of the few high profile successes in a drugs war that has claimed over 70,000 lives since it was launched in 2007 by his predecessor Felipe Calderon. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MEXICAN PRESIDENT ENRIQUE PENA NIETO, SAYING: "Yesterday, thanks to good coordination between different federal government and state organisations, in charge of security, the arrest of one of the most wanted criminals was possible." The Zetas have been implicated in a series of gruesome massacres, including an arson attack on a Monterrey casino in 2011 that killed 52 and the dumping of 49 decapitated bodies near the same city last year. About a thousand murders linked to organised crime have been registered across Mexico every month since Pena Nieto took office in late 2012.

Top cartel leader captured in Mexico

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 - 01:28

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