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Mexicana authorities charge Los Zetas heiress with the murder of five law enforcement officials in Nuevo Laredo

January 15, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexicana authorities charge Los Zetas heiress with the murder of five law enforcement officials in Nuevo Laredo

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Authorities arrested the heiress to one of the remaining factions of the Los Zetas Cartel for the murder of several local law enforcement officials in the Mexican border state of Tamaulipas.

Prosecutors charged Sofia Del Carmen Monsivais Treviño with the slaying of five Tamaulipas state officials who were murdered in the border city of Nuevo Laredo. One of her alleged victims served as the highest ranking prosecutor in the border region.

Monsivais Treviño is the niece of brutalMiguel Angel Treviño Morales known as “Z-40” and his brother Omar Treviño Morales alias “Z-42,” the jailed bosses of Los Zetas.

According to Proceso, Monsivais Treviño, who authorities identify as a leader within the  Zetas faction, the Cartel Del Noreste (CDN), was arrested during a top-secret operation in the Campestre area.

Sofia Del Carmen Monsivais Treviño was charged in connection with the murders of five prosecutors in January 2017

Mexican Marines recovered numerous weapons and drugs when they raided the stash house where Monsivais Treviño had been in hiding. Her arrest occurred only two months after officials in Nuevo Laredo apprehended another top CDN leader who is also part of the Treviño family.

Authorities transported Monsivais Treviño to the central Mexican state of Morelos where they booked her into a federal women’s facility on federal charges of organized crime. The Tamaulipas Attorney General’s Office issued a notice to the imprisoned cartel of her pending charges.

Monsivais Treviño was charged with masterminding the killing of a top prosecutor in Tamaulipas, along with four of his staffers, last January.

In January 2017, a crew of gunmen attacked and murdered the regional head of the Tamaulipas Attorney General’s Office Ricardo Martinez Chavez and four of his staffers. In the ambush, gunmen fired over 200 rounds from AK-47 and AR-15 rifles.

Miguel Angel Treviño Morales “Z-40” (left) and Omar Treviño Morales “Z-42” (right)

Tamaulipas prosecutors identified her as the suspect who gave the order to murder Martinez.

Authorities said in the days leading up to his murder, the prosecutor received a series of threats after his agency had started to target the CDN’s operations in Nuevo Laredo.

Before the killing, state police forces closed various bars and brothels that were used by the cartel for human trafficking and prostitution.

The arrest of Sofia Monsivais Treviño occurred just two months after authorities captured her mother Ana Isabel Treviño Morales who is the sister of the Treviño brothers and presumed regional head for the CDN in Nuevo Laredo.

After the apprehension of Ana Isabel Treviño Morales, control of the CDN was shifted to Monsivais Treviño and Juan Gerardo “El Huevo” Treviño Chavez.

Ana Isabel Treviño Morales, the sister of Miguel Ángel Treviño Morales, alias “Z-40”, was arrested in November on organized crime-related charges

The original founding members of Los Zetas were initially recruited from the ranks of the Mexican special forces to work as a paramilitary enforcer group for the Gulf Cartel.

The group maintained a military-type structure where command and leadership were earned, which helps the Zetas take over large swaths of Mexico.

The once mighty Los Zetas cartel has since splintered into regional warring factions.

After authorities arrested the Z-40 in 2013 and his brother in 2015, the Treviño clan took over a faction of Los Zetas based in Nuevo Laredo, assumed the name CDN and ignited a fierce turf war against  the Vieja Escuela Zetas or Old School Zetas, a rival group based in Ciudad Victoria led by original founding members of Los Zetas who have allied with a renegade faction of the Gulf Cartel.

The CDN now remains a family operation where power is controlled and shared by the Treviño family.

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