JammedUp News


Brutal Zetas cartel leader Miguel Ángel Treviño transferred to Juarez border prison igniting rumors of possible extradition

March 28, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Brutal Zetas cartel leader Miguel Ángel Treviño transferred to Juarez border prison igniting rumors of possible extradition

Are you in a legal jam? Find a Lawyer, Bail Bondsman or Private Investigator on JammedUp.

Authorities in Mexico have transferred Miguel Ángel Treviño Morales, who is considered one of the most brutal and sadistic cartel bosses in the history of the Mexican drug trade, to the same prison in the border state of Chihuahua that held Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman prior to his extradition in January.

Mexican officials said Miguel Ángel Treviño Morales, alias ‘Z40,’ the leader of the Los Zetas criminal organization, which is Mexico’s most violent drug cartel, was transferred to the federal prison in Ciudad Juárez, located on the border with El Paso, Texas, from the Altiplano maximum security detention center located west of Mexico City on Saturday

A federal official speaking on the condition of anonymity told The Associated Press Trevino was transferred by a convoy of heavily armed military troops as a precautionary measure aimed at preventing any possible attempts to escape in the wake of a pair of recent high-profile jailbreaks by notorious cartel members in Sinaloa and Tamaulipas.

The Los Zetas cartel leader pictured after his 2013 arrest

Although it remains unclear if the U.S. government have submitted an official request for Trevino’s extradition,  local media reports in Mexico have indicated that Miguel Angel Trevino will remain in the Juarez facility in preparation for his extradition to the United States.

Like ‘Chapo’ Guzman, ‘Z40’ is sought for a criminal indictment in New York’s Eastern District Federal Court in Brooklyn charging him with running a transnational criminal enterprise responsible for drugs trafficking, murder, weapons trafficking, money laundering, racketeering, and conspiracy.

Miguel Ángel Treviño is also wanted for a 2009 money laundering indictment in Texas.

Guzman was also transferred to the Juarez prison complex in the months leading up to his extradition to Brooklyn, where he awaits trial for a 17-count drug trafficking indictment.

‘El Chapo’ was extradited to Brooklyn, New York back on January 19th, 2017

Mexican Naval Marines arrested Z-40 in July 2013 in the municipality of Anáhuac, Nuevo Leon, with his accountant and armed escort and $2 million in U.S. currency.

Born in Nuevo Laredo, which sits on the border with Laredo, Texas, Trevino is fluent in English after spending large parts of his childhood growing up in Dallas, where he ran with local street gangs.

Trevino assumed leadership of Los Zetas after the 2010 death of his predecessor Heriberto Lazcano, who was killed in a gun battle with Mexican Marines.

Under the leadership of Treviño and Lazcano, Los Zetas had grown to become one of Mexico’s most powerful drug cartels, even challenging ‘El Chapo’ and his Sinaloa Cartel for dominance over the Mexican drug trade.

An abandoned San Fernando Ranch was the site of the execution of 72 migrant workers in 2010

He quickly earned the reputation as one of the most bloodthirsty cartel bosses known for beheading his enemies and is credited with introducing brutal methods of torture including his favorite practice known as El Guiso or the stew, which saw his victims doused with gasoline, dumped into oil barrels, and burned alive.

Moreover, as the leader of the Zetas, Miguel Ángel Treviño is accused of ordering some of the worst mass atrocities ever seen, including the slaughter of 72 migrants 2010 and murder of 193 people in 2011 in San Fernando Valley, Tamaulipas, both events are referred to as the San Fernando Massacres.

‘Z40’ is also accused in the horrific 2011 massacre in the border town of Allende, Coahuila, where hundreds of people were forcibly kidnapped, systematically murdered and their bodies burned using a network of ovens, including inside the Pedras Negras Prison.

According to eyewitness accounts, Trevino ordered the Zetas to wipe out anyone linked with a group of drug traffickers who had cooperated with U.S. federal authorities.

Since the arrest of Treviño, the Los Zetas have declined in power and have splintered into warring factions.

Get the latest news from the world of crime