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respect.” Other atrocities believe to have been carried out by the Zetas – many of which were committed under the orders of Treviño Morales himself – include:
The 2008 Morelia grenade attacks that saw eight killed and over 100 injured
The 2010 San Fernando massacre when 72 migrants were found dead
The 2010 slaughter of 13 people when gunmen stormed a teenager’s birthday party in the city of Ciudad Juárez
The 2011 San Fernando massacre, where 193 people were slaughtered
The massacre of 27 farmers in Guatemala in 2007
The 2011 Monterrey casino attack that saw 52 people murdered
A prison brawl that saw 31 Gulf cartel inmates killed at The Altamira jail
The 2012 Apodaca prison riot, where a further 44 Gulf cartel inmates were killed and 37 Zetas escaped from prison
The Durango massacres that led to the death of 249 people in 2011.
Treviño rose to the top of the Zetas last year after the then leader died in a shootout with Mexican marines in the state of Coahuila.
He was indicted on drug trafficking and weapons charges in New York in 2009 and Washington in 2010, and the US government issued a $5million reward for information leading to his arrest.
According to the indictments, he coordinated the shipment of hundreds of pounds of cocaine and marijuana each week from Mexico into the US, much of which had passed through Guatemala.
He also moved bulk shipments of dollar bills back into Mexico, the documents say.
The Zetas leader and his alleged accomplices have been flown to Mexico City, where they are expected to eventually be tried in a closed system that usually takes years to prosecute cases.
Experts say Treviño’s younger brother, Omar, has been one of his closest lieutenants and may try to position himself as successor.
But authorities fear that the arrest could lead to a period of in-fighting between different Zeta factions.