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Sister of two of Mexico’s most brutal drug lords arrested near the Texas border

November 29, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Sister of two of Mexico’s most brutal drug lords arrested near the Texas border

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The sister of two of two infamous bosses of the Los Zetas cartel was taken into custody in connection with the abduction of a local businessman in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.

In a released statement, the Tamaulipas state government and Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office revealed the arrest of Ana Isabel “N”  during a joint operation Monday night in Nuevo Laredo involving Federal and State Police, assisted by the military.

Law enforcement officials confirmed to Proceso, that “Ana Isabel” is actually Ana Isabel Treviño Morales, the sister of leading Los Zetas figures Miguel Angel “Z-40” and Omar “Z-42” Treviño Morales, who are widely recognized as two of the most ruthless drug lords Mexico has ever seen.

She is considered a leader with a Zetas faction, which controls Nuevo Laredo.

The Attorney General’s Office said the woman was arrested for a kidnapping, committed in November of last year.

 Ana Isabel, sister of top Zetas bosses Omar Miguel Ángel Treviño Morales, “El Z-40” following her arrest inNuevo Laredo. Photo: Tamaulipas State Attorney General’ Office

Additionally, Ana Isabel Treviño has also been connected to several other disappearances in the Nuevo Laredo area, El Universal reported.

“The detainee is related to two leaders of an organized crime group operating mainly in Nuevo Laredo and has been characterized by having control of various activities related to trafficking in contraband, human trafficking, extortion, and kidnapping, among other illicit acts, as well as forced disappearances and homicides” the statement read.

Although the two Zeta bosses remain incarcerated in federal lockups, they are widely responsible for the growth of the Los Zetas across Mexico. The Tamaulipas-based organized criminal group is based in Nuevo Laredo, where the cartel maintains control of criminal activities including human and drug trafficking, prostitution, abductions, and extortion.

Los Zetas garnered the reputation as one of the most sadistic criminal groups for their grisly executions involving beheadings, dismemberments, and other horrific methods.

Specifically, Miguel Treviño favorite method of torture method was known as “guiso” or stew, where victims were dumped into oil barrels, doused with fuel with diesel gasoline being the preference because it burned slower, and burned alive.

A handout photo released 16 July 2013 by the Mexican Navy (Secretaria de Marina – SEMAR) shows Miguel Angel Trevino Morales (C), alias ‘Z40’, the alleged leader of the ‘Los Zetas’ cartel, after his arrest by Mexican soldiers in Nuevo Leon

Authorities have attributed some of the worst mass atrocities in Mexico’s history including the 2010 San Fernando massacre involving the murder of 72 Central and South American migrants and the 2011 massacre of 193 people at a ranch also located in San Fernando, Tamaulipas.

Mexican Marines captured Miguel Treviño in Anáhuac, Nuevo León, in July 2013.

Omar Treviño had assumed leadership of the Zetas up until he was arrested by Mexican authorities in March 2015 during an operation in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon.

Both brothers are wanted in the United States for indictments on drug trafficking, money laundering, and murder charges.

Omar Trevino Morales alias Z42, boss of Los Zetas after his capture in Mexico in March 2015

Additionally, the Zetas bosses have pending extradition requests submitted by the U.S. State Department, however, the status of those requests remain unknown.

Los Zetas has significantly declined in Mexico with the arrest of the Treviño brothers, and have since fractured into smaller, regional cells.

Currently, a faction based in Nuevo Laredo comprised of the Treviño Morales family and their allies now operates under the name the Cartel Del Noreste or CDN and remain in the midst of a brutal turf war for control of drug trafficking and distribution territories with a rival group known as Vieja Escuela Zetas or Old School Zetas.

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