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Zetas are now in the center of the storm, their number 3 is down.


Mexico police present Jesus E. Aguilar alias El Mamito. Allegedly connected to killing of U.S. ICE agent, he was member of Mexico Army and Zetas cofounder. Photo Credit AP Alexandre Meneghini

Mexico: The alleged Zetas drug cartel leader suspected of killing a U.S. customs agent has been captured. His name is Jesús Enrique Rejón Aguilar, alias “el Manito”. He is believed to be the third in command of the criminal organization founded by former elite soldiers.

Over the course of a decade, it went from being the military arm of the Gulf Cartel to its own drug-trafficking organization. Now, the Sinaloa cartel and the Zetas are the two most powerful cartels in Mexico. The Zetas control the east of the country, and the Sinaloa gang controls the west and center.  The west and center of the U.S. Mexico border is controled by the Sinaloa group, and the east border by the zetas and also by a weakened Gulf cartel.

Rejón was one of Mexico’s most-wanted men and the U.S. State Dept had offered a $5 million reward for information leading to his arrest. There is a possibility that the U.S. wants to extradite Rejón, but it will take time.

Mexican federal police said he was captured “without gunfire” outside Mexico City in the town of Atizapan on Sunday, on his way from Guatemala, which is now the center of all Zetas strategy in the south.  Rejon Aguilar was detained as he was traveling to visit his mother in his home state of Campeche, according to Mexican authorities.

Rejón is allegedly culpable of the killing of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ICE  agent Jaime Zapata, who was shot to death in February while driving on a highway in San Luis Potosi state.

The first statements of Rejón alias el Manito to the mexican police revealed the current strategy of Zetas in order to smuggle u.S. weapons into Mexico.

The captured Mexican crime boss said his gang purchased weapons in the United States and smuggled them across the Rio Grande river due to increased security at international crossings.

“All the arms are bought in the United States… Before we would transport them over the bridges, but now we transport them across the river, with difficulty,” he said, according to the mexican public security ministry.

The Rio Grande — known as the Rio Bravo del Norte in Mexico — forms the 1,200-mile (2,000 kilometer) border between Mexico and the US state of Texas.

“El Manito”  was one of the founders of the Zetas cartel, an Army gang of former elite soldiers who use of military tactics and weaponry, have a military organization like organized in batalions, and the Zetas worked first as hitmen in the service of the Gulf cartel, and after a few years became independent. This group is the bloodiest of all mexican criminal groups. They have also a “broad portfolio” of criminal activities, drugs, kidnappings, human smuggling, weapons, etc.

The Zetas are accused of two mass killings, one in Mexico’s northeast and one in a Guatemalan border province.