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Mexico nabs alleged leader of feared drug cartel Los Zetas

Mexico nabs alleged leader of feared drug cartel Los Zetas
From CBC - February 9, 2018

Mexican authorities say they have arrested Jose Maria Guizar Valencia, the alleged leader of the Zetas drug cartel.

National Security Commissioner Renato Sales identified the suspect only as "Jose Maria," but a federal official who was not authorized to be quoted by name confirmed Guizar Valencia'sname.

Guizar Valencia is a U.S. citizen also known by his Zetas code name, "Z 43."

The United States had offered a $5 million reward for his arrest.

Sales said Guizar Valencia was arrested Thursday in Mexico City's trendy Roma neighborhood, which is known for its restaurants and cafes.The commissioner said the leader was one of the main generators of violence and had directed Zetas' drug trafficking and other activities in southern Mexico.

Under a "Wanted" page online, the U.S. Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs said Guizar Valencia is "responsible for the importation of thousands of kilograms of cocaine and methamphetamine to the United States on a yearly basis" and faces separate U.S. drug trafficking indictments in Texas and Virginia.

It also said he had taken over territory in neighbouring Guatemala.

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