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Leader of Zetas organization arrested in Texas feared for his life

October 2, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Leader of Zetas organization arrested in Texas feared for his life

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A top leader of a faction the Los Zetas organization, who was arrested earlier this week by U.S. federal authorities in Texas, had sought a safe haven in Houston out fear of execution from rivals, officials said yesterday.

The capo was identified as Jose Francisco Trevino, “Kiko Comandante” Chavez or Juan Francisco Treviño alias “El Quico,” the leader of the Zetas faction known as Cartel Del Noreste (CDN).

Law enforcement officials have not confirmed the arrest of Trevino, who has yet to appear for his arraignment in Houston Federal Court.

U.S. authorities had sought the arrest of Trevino in connection with a drug trafficking and money laundering indictment out of the Texas Southern District.

Unofficial reports suggest that Trevino is currently the head of the Zetas faction in Mexico and also oversaw the cartel’s operations in the Nuevo Laredo Plaza.

Trevino is the nephew of imprisoned boss Miguel Angel Trevino alias “Z40,” one of the original founders of the Zetas, who is responsible for countless deaths in northern Mexico.

Breitbart News citing police sources reported that U.S. Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents participated in the capture of Trevino on Wednesday at a home in Houston, where he was living out of fear for his life as a result of a brutal cartel war that has erupted within the Zetas organization.

A rival faction, called the Old School Zetas, led by several original founding members of Los Zetas have gone to war against Trevino and the CDN for control of vital drug trafficking routes in territories often referred to as “Plazas.”

The inner turmoil within the Zetas organization has resulted in a wave of spiraling violence in cities such as Ciudad Victoria, the capital of Tamaulipas and the border city of Nuevo Laredo, located just across from Laredo, Texas.

Trevino’s arrest has sparked a further escalation in violence in the city of Ciudad Victoria.

On Friday, authorities reported that seven people were executed in a 24-hour period and another six people were killed in gun battles with federal police.

The violence has forced many terrified residents living in the cities to implement a self-imposed curfew.

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