Mexican authorities have arrested Miguel Angel Trevino, aka Z-40,the leader of the infamous Zetas drug cartel.
Mexican marines intercepted his pick-up truck close to the border with the US, following a months-long operation.
The Zetas, formed by army deserters, are believed responsible for some of the worst instances of gang related violence carried out in the country.
Eduardo Sanchez, a spokesperson for the Mexico’s Interior ministry, made the announcement:
“This person has seven arrest orders issued by federal judges and is at the centre of 12 criminal cases. He is accused of organized crime, murder, torture, money laundering and importing specialist military firearms.”
The Zetas are thought to be behind an arson attack on a Monterrey casino in 2011 that left 52 dead and the murder and decapitation of hundreds of migrant workers.