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Prison escape alert prompts Mexican authorities to move prison cells of jailed Zetas bosses Omar and Miguel Angel Trevino

October 6, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Prison escape alert prompts Mexican authorities to move prison cells of jailed Zetas bosses Omar and Miguel Angel Trevino

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An alert over a possible prison escape prompted Mexican authorities to relocate the prison cells of Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, Z-40, and his brother Omar Trevino Morales, Z-42, the brutal leaders of the Zetas drug cartel who are both currently housed at the Altiplano Prison, located west of Mexico City,

According to Proceso, Navy and Federal Police officials confirmed an alert was issued over a possible prison escape attempt involving the Trevino brothers from the Altiplano Social Rehabilitation Center No. 1, located in the municipality Almoloya de Juarez, in the state of Mexico.

The detention center is the same prison where Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, leader of the Sinaloa cartel, made his infamous escape through a 1.5-mile dugout tunnel back in July 2015.

Law enforcement officials in Mexico have refused to release any further details of the threat alert involving the prison escape and haven’t indicated if they plan to transfer both Zetas leaders to another facility.

Trevino Morales, aka Z-40, leader of Zetas, pictured after his 2013 capture.

Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, aka Z-40, leader of Zetas, pictured after his 2013 capture.

Authorities arrested Miguel Angel Trevino in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas back on July 15, 2013.

As the top leader of Los Zetas, Mexico’s most violent drug cartel, Miguel Trevino was responsible for some of the worst mass atrocities ever committed in Mexico, including the extermination of hundreds of villagers in the state of Coahuila.

Miguel Trevino remains the subject of 12 preliminary investigations by Mexican authorities into a litany of offenses including organized crime, homicide, drug trafficking, torture, money laundering and possession of firearms for the exclusive use of Mexico’s armed forces.

Furthermore, Z-40 is wanted for extradition to the U.S. for a pair of criminal indictments, charging him with a cocaine trafficking conspiracy along with money laundering, and weapons offenses in New York and Washington D.C Federal courts.

Following the arrest of Miguel Angel Trevino, his younger brother Omar Trevino Morales assumed control of the organization, but was apprehended by the Mexican military in Nuevo Leon on March 4, 2015, on organized crime and weapons charges.

The alleged leader of the Zetas drug carteL, Oscar Omar Trevino, aka "Z 42 after his arrest in March 2015

The alleged leader of the Zetas drug carteL, Oscar Omar Trevino, aka “Z 42 after his arrest in March 2015

U.S. authorities also sought the arrest of Omar Trevino for a 2008 cocaine trafficking indictment in the Federal Court for the District of Columbia.

Los Zetas was first founded in 1999 as an armed paramilitary wing of the Gulf Cartel consisting of former members of the Mexican Army’s special forces.

The U.S. Treasury Dept. has since identified Los Zetas as a transnational criminal organization responsible for drug trafficking, extortion, kidnapping, murder, human trafficking, money laundering, computer crimes, fuel and bank theft, along with banks and armored truck heists.

Z-40 became the leader of the ultra-violent criminal organization after the death of the group’s former boss, Heriberto Lazcano alias “Z-3” or “El Verdugo” (‘The Executioner’), a former Army deserter who was killed in a shootout with Mexican Marines Progreso, Coahuila in Oct. 2012.

The Altiplano prison houses some of the most infamous cartel bosses in Mexico including Hector Palma Salazar, alias El Guero Palma founder of the Sinaloa Cartel; Servando Gómez Martínez, “La Tuta,” former leader of the Knights Templar; Hector Beltran Leyva, “El H”; Fernando Sanchez Arellano, “The Engineer” leader of the Tijuana Cartel; Rubén Oseguera González, “El Menchito” son of the top Jalisco cartel boss; and José Tiburcio Hernandez-Fuentes, “El Jinx,” leader of the Gulf Cartel.

Additionally, the prison houses Jose Luis Abarca, the former mayor of Iguala, who was arrested in connection with the disappearances of the 43 teacher-students in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero back in 2014.

 

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