Monday, July 4, 2011

Los Zetas Leader “El Mamito” Arrested by Mexican Authorities

Co-founder of the Mexican drug cartel The Los Zetas, Rejon Jesus Enrique Aguilar—a.k.a. “El Mamito” (“The Mummy”)—was arrested yesterday by the Mexico City Federal Police. El Mamito was amoung the most wanted criminals, wanted by both Mexico and the U.S. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA ) had a five million dollar bounty on the head of El Mamito. According to the Public Security Secretariat (SSP), El Mamito is third in command within the Zetas, under the command of Heriberto Lazcano and Miguel Angel Treviño Morales, known by authorities as “The Lazca” and “Z-40.” Rejon Aguilar is also suspected to have played a part in the shooting of two U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents earlier this year-- in Santa Maria, San Luis Potosi, where ICE agent Jaime Zapata was murdered.

"On April 3, 1993, Jesus Enrique Aguilar Rejon, joined the Mexican Army in his home state of Campeche and in 1996 was assigned to Special Forces Airmobile Group (GAFE). "In 1997 he was assigned to the Attorney General's Office Agent 'C', commissioned the towns of Reynosa in Tamaulipas and Michael German and later in the year 1998, was sent to Saltillo, Coahuila", said the SSP.

Turf wars between the Zetas and other cartels have transformed parts of Mexico into lawless killing grounds and scared away some foreign investors. It is expected that the U.S. will request the extradition of El Mamito who is wanted in the U.S for drug trafficking under a 2008 Federal indictment in the District of Columbia.

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