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Recently captured Zetas cartel boss, leader of faction responsible for recent violence in Northern Mexico

August 15, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Recently captured Zetas cartel boss, leader of faction responsible for recent violence in Northern Mexico

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Mexican authorities have confirmed the arrest of one of the original founders of the Los Zetas criminal organization amid a brutal cartel civil war that has spread cartel violence through several border states.

As JammedUp previously reported, top Zeta boss Luis Reyes Enriquez alias “El Rex” or “Z-12,” who also goes by the name Enrique Velazquez Salazar, was nabbed by Mexican Marines in the affluent neighborhood of San Pedro, Nuevo Leon last week.

Law Enforcement officials have identified Reyes as the top Zetas boss in Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas. Authorities have also confirmed “Z12” as one of the leaders of the cartel faction known as Vieja Escuela Z or “Old School Zetas.”

Marines backed up by federal police officers arrested the high ranking cartel figure while he was driving a vehicle in San Pedro.

Authorities previously arrested Reyes Enriquez along with ten of his bodyguards during his wedding in Hidalgo back in June 2007 on weapons charges, and he was subsequently sentenced to 47 years in prison.

However, In April 2015, a Mexican judge overturned the conviction and ordered his release on a technicality. Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office (PGR) successfully appealed the ruling and issued another arrest warrant on organized crime charges.

Upon his release from prison, Reyes and some of the other original members of the Zetas formed the Old School Zetas and immediately went to war for control of lucrative trafficking routes previously controlled by the CDN lead by the nephew of Miguel Angel Trevino.

The new group formed on the premise that they do not recognize the old Zeta structure, Breitbart News reported.

In February 2016, ‘El Rex’ officially announced his role in the Old School Zetas when he signed a narco manta or banner that had been left next to a dismembered body.

The turf war, which initially began in Ciudad Victoria back in December 2015 but has since spread to Nuevo Laredo, has resulted in an escalation of violence including brutal beheadings, decapitations, kidnappings, and attacks on businesses.

Reyes served in the Mexican military until 1998, and one of the 34 former members of the U.S. trained special elite commandos who deserted their posts in 1999 to form Los Zetas, an armed wing of the Gulf Cartel under the leadership of Osiel Cardenas Guillen.

In 2010, the Zetas decided to break away from the Gulf drug cartel and formed their own independent organization, resulting in a brutal war for territorial control that still exists today.

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