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Zetas cartel leader ditches grandmother to escape capture by rivals

October 17, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Zetas cartel leader ditches grandmother to escape capture by rivals

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One of the highest ranking leaders of the Zetas cartel was close to being apprehended by his rivals in Ciudad Acuna, Coahuila and was forced to go on the lam, leaving his grandmother at the mercy of his enemies.

Two rival divisions of the Los Zetas cartel, one of which is called the Cartel Del Noreste (CDN) and the other is Vieja Escuela Z (Old School Z) or Grupo Bravo, have been engaged in a brutal turf war over control of profitable drug distribution routes and territories. The violence has resulted in near daily kidnappings, shootouts, dismemberments, and beheadings.

The war had initially erupted in the Tamaulipas state capital of Ciudad Victoria but has since extended to Nuevo Laredo and into the border state of Nuevo León. In Nuevo Laredo, the CDN was subject to another issue when another group called Los Renegados began carrying out executions to assist the Old School Zetas.

One of the CDN leaders, identified as Juan Gerardo “El Huevo” Treviño Chavez, had been hiding in Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila and went to see his grandmother. Members of the Los Zetas favor Coahuila since they have been getting government protection in that area for years.

During his visit, a cell of Los Renegados ambushed the home in an attempt to capture Treviño Chavez. Knowing that he would indeed be killed, Chavez fled the area but left his grandmother. Gunmen released the woman unharmed shortly after.

Treviño Chavez’s brother and the CDN’s top leader, Juan Francisco “Kiko” Treviño Chavez, was arrested by U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents in Houston, Texas.

Enrique Aurelio Elizondo Flores alias El Árabe

Juan Francisco “Kiko” Treviño Chavez was captured by U.S. federal authorities at a home in Houston, Texas in late September

Both men are the nephews of jailed Zetas bosses Miguel Angel Trevino Morales “Z40” and Omar Trevino Morales “Z42.”

“Kiko” Treviño reportedly fled to Texas out of fear for his life at the hands of the Old School Zetas.

An intelligence document from 2008 indicated that El Huevo Treviño had initially gone by the nickname of “El Kilo,” Breitbart Texas reported.

After the attempted attack in Ciudad Acuña, members of the Los Renegados distributed a picture claimed to be assets and money taken by the cartel.

The cartel members then hung a banner condemning “El Huevo” for leaving his grandmother. In the message, Zetas operatives claimed that they refrain from killing innocent people.

Los Zetas managed to kidnap, murder and incinerate over 300 victims from one rural area with complete impunity between 2011 and 2013 in Coahuila.


Zetas cartel members burned half of their victims inside of the state prison in the border city of Piedras Negras. Authorities have not penalized any prison officials or top politicians who were working with Los Zetas or those that turned a blind eye.

CDN members have been receiving assistance help from influential officials with the Piedras Negras delegation for the state attorney general’s office. Top officials within the PGJE have managed to lessen the charges of apprehended CDN members to get them released or have their cases dropped.

In one example, state officials diminished charges of drug possession of one smuggler, who had been caught with 50 kilos of marijuana, to a misdemeanor drug possession for personal use.

The frequent release of cartel members and drug traffickers over lesser charges has ignited tension between prosecutors and police forces in the state such as Fuerza Coahuila and Los GATES, who have been given the responsibility of cracking down on cartel operatives.

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