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U.S. Border agents arrest member of Los Zetas entering the U.S. illegally

May 19, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
U.S. Border agents arrest member of Los Zetas entering the U.S. illegally NBC NEWS -- Pictured: Border Patrol Agents arrest 8 suspected illegals and read them their Miranda Rights in Maverick County, near Eagle Pass, TX, as they try to ride a freight train into the United States on February 27, 2007 -- Photo by: Al Henkel/NBC NewsWire

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Federal authorities nabbed a reputed member of the ruthless Los Zetas cartel who was attempting to enter the United States illegally last weekend.

According to Breitbart News, the suspect is currently in federal custody after U.S. Border Protection (CBP) agents caught him crossing the border near the city of Roma, Texas, located across Miguel Aleman, Tamaulipas, last Saturday morning.

Officials said the man, whose name wasn’t made available, told agents he was a member of the Zetas, Mexico’s most violent drug cartel.

Authorities turned him over for prosecution and deportation; his name was not readily available.

Border authorities arrested five members of the Gulf Cartel earlier this month, who were also illegally crossing from Miguel Aleman into the city Roma.

The suspects were reportedly said to be fleeing a rival cartel in Mexico at the time of their arrest.

Four of the suspected cartel members were charged with misdemeanor immigration violation and served 15 days in jail before being deported. The other man was charged with a felony count of illegal re-entry.

High-ranking drug cartel figures have frequently been picked up in Texas. Authorities arrested top Gulf cartel commanders Benicio “Comandante Veneno” Lopez and Orlando Roberto “Comandante Boris” Rodriguez in two separate instances back in 2014.

Lopez, who had been living in Texas, was wanted for a violent murder raid by a team of cartel gunmen in Texas.

That same year, U.S. authorities arrested the regional cartel commanders Juan “Panochitas” Saenz-Tamez and Francisco “Comandante Paquito” Martinez in Hildago County.

Officials detained both cartel leaders in Texas where they had also been hiding out from their rivals. Saenz had been hiding in the border city of Edinburg while Martinez was arrested by the Law Enforcement Emergency Regional Response Team in rural Mission.

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