For at least three years, United States agencies knew the movements of Miguel Angel Trevino Morales and other members of the Los Zetas, but elected not to report it to Mexico, until just a few weeks ago.
At least since 2011, the DEA knew of the operations and movements of Miguel Angel Trevino Morales. DEA even got their agents to acquire information about Treviño’s enemies and rivals in other cartels and within the Zetas, but this information was not handed over to Mexican authorities, federal government sources revealed.
Top-level officials consulted by 24 Horas, admitted to being annoyed because the U.S. drug enforcement agency maintains its own agenda, and that because of operations that they were allowed to perform during the last administration they obtained much information that was not shared with Mexico. This resulted in allowing a drug trafficker such as Z-40 to operate without being detained, “because he was useful to them”.
“This relationship with the United States must change, now the information must be shared and not administered by them, that is what we are working on,” said one of the sources.
After analyzing the information provided in the past three years by the DEA to the Federal Police, Navy and Army about Los Zetas, the researchers found a pattern and details by which they were able to establish that the DEA has informants within the structure of this paramilitary group.
But the details that caught the attention of Mexican officials the most is the information shows that for several years they had known about Z-40’s movements; some his safe houses in Tamaulipas, Veracruz and Coahuila, as well as his contacts in Mexico and the United States, and about some of the shootings of which he was responsible in Tamaulipas, for example.
In 2012, within the structure of Los Zetas, accusations against Heriberto Lazcano, “El Lazca”, then group leader, and also Treviño Morales began. They were suspected of being whistleblowers against their own colleagues, the heads of plazas and Sicario cells. After the death of Lazcano, the accusations turned onto Z-40.
“We know for a fact that ‘ Z-40′ provided information on some of his rivals within his organization so that they were arrested and that the DEA gathered this information”, said one of the officials.
That apparently happened in the cases of Raúl Lucio Hernández, Z-16, and Enrique Rejón Aguilar,”El Mamito”, who were arrested in 2011. The first one in December in Veracruz, and Rejon Aguilar in July in the city of Mexico.
Other cases in which the Mexican authorities suspect that Z-40 also betrayed them are: Luis Reyes Enriquez, Z-12, Jamie González Durán, “El Hummer”, and Daniel Pérez, “El Chachetes”, captured between 2008 and 2009.
By the end of last year, Trevino Morales had to retract. His power diminished within the cartel. According to the updated information that the Mexican authorities have, this occurred since there were strong accusations of betrayals that he had committed to ascend within Los Zetas. He was also pointed as being one of the responsible that “El Lazca” was killed by the Navy last year.
However, Treviño Morales, did not abandon the area of Tamaulipas and Coahuila, where he felt more protected and could have control of some of the drug operations, fuel theft and smuggling of migrants. These activities provided him with fresh cash which he used to move around.
He was also looking for new contacts with gangs in the United States. Apparently, information that he was providing was not so useful anymore, “so perhaps he was not so useful to the US agency anymore, and that is why they (DEA), a few weeks ago, gave information about his hideout, which they had known for a long time,” said the official.
Source for the above article: 24Hours
Below by Chivis Martínez
Information and details about the capture has been flooding the internet. Most of the information one can discount out of hand. An example is that 40, “fled into the woods” interesting because the site of the capture is a wide open dry desert with scrub vegetation.
The facial scratches and abrasions are likely while apprehending him during a throw down, onto the unforgiving dessert floor. Supposedly Treviño always travelled with bribe money in the millions.
A BB reader stated that Treviño had a child. This turns out to be true, an infant son who lives right outside Nuevo Laredo. It is possible he was in route for one of his frequent visits, or returning from a visit. On the map are three cities circled, circle on left is allegedly where he was living, middle circle where he was apprehended and the right circled city is where his son lives.
In an attempt to confuse authorities, typically he would change vehicles at least once, while travelling, depending on the distance.
The entire operation lasted on seven minutes.
Treviño’s truck was not travelling on a paved road, but on a annex dirt road.
It was a black hawk helicopter donated by the U.S. through the Mérida Treaty.
He was travelling in a Ford F250, 2013 model, silver in color.
He was initially identified by his two known tattoos, a cobra on the inside forearm, and on his back one that read, “Made in Mexico” (Hecho en Mexico). He freely identified himself as Miguel Treviño aka Z40. DNA was taken.
He was taken to federal maximum prison Altiplano No1 in Almoloya de Juarez, in the state of Mexico. It is the prison that “Jose Balderas aka “el JJ”( at left) is incarcerated in, serving a 3 year sentence for his complicity in the attempted murder of soccer player Salvador Cabañas. Cabañas survived a gun shot to the head.
It was the same prison the five generals were held before being released. The guards. at the maximum prisons have received American maximum prison training. This program was operational under the Calderon administration
Other notorious inmates that were sent to No.1 and remain, escaped, extradited or released:
• Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo (known as “El Padrino” (“The Godfather”)
• Édgar Valdez Villarreal “La Barbie” BLO
• Gerardo Álvarez Vásquez, alias “El Indio” BLO
• Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera, alias “El Chapo” Guzmán Sinaloa
• Ismael Ledesma Campos, “El May” “El Maycito”:Leader of Los Ledesma kidnapping gang
• Eduardo Arellano Félix, “El Doctor” CAF
• Teodoro García Simental “El Teo”, “K-1” or “El Tres Letras” Brutal former CAF lieutenant
• Jesús Zambada García “El Rey Zambada” Sinaloa
• Daniel Arizmendi López “El Mochaorejas”
• Osiel Cárdenas Guillén alias “El Loco”, “El Patrón”, “Madrina” or “Mata Amigos” CDG
• Mario Aburto Martínez assassin of presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio.
• Francisco Rafael Arellano Félix – former leader of Tijuana Cartel
• Mario Villanueva – Former Governor of Quintana Roo
• Iván Guzmán Salazar (known as “El Chapito”) CDS
• Jaime González Durán (known as “El Hummer” Zetas
• Vicente Zambada Niebla (Vicentillo) – son of Ismael Zambada CDS
• Marco Antonio Garcia Simental (known as “El Cris” or “El 8-9”) -CAF Brother of Teo