Miguel Treviño is a former member of the Mexican Army’s elite Airborne Special Forces Group (GAFE), trained in locating and apprehending drug cartel members. It is believed that he was also trained at the military School of the Americas in the United States. Also, he was trained by foreign specialists, including Americans, French, and Israelis, in rapid deployment, aerial assaults, marksmanship, ambushes, small-group tactics, intelligence collection, counter-surveillance techniques, prisoner rescues and sophisticated communications.
In the late 1990s, the Gulf Cartel, a Mexican criminal organization, recruited him and other 30 GAFE members to provide protection and perform other vital functions, thus becoming Los Zetas, the paramilitary wing of the Gulf Cartel, responsible for the smuggling of multi-ton quantities of cocaine, marijuana and heroin into the United States from Mexico annually.
In 2008, Miguel Treviño and Heriberto Lazcano forged an alliance with the Beltrán Leyva brothers to form the most powerful and brutal cartel in Mexico today. Government sources said the new organization, along with Beltran Leyva's, are fighting for control against 'La Federacion' (The Federation), an alliance of drug trafficking organizations led by Joaquin "el Chapo" Guzman and by Ismael Zambada García, former allies of Beltran Leyva.
Miguel Treviño also acts as a cartel 'gate-keeper' and exacts a fee on all contraband flowing through a given area, nicknamed a "plaza". He is currently in charge of the highly lucrative Nuevo Laredo plaza, across the border from Laredo, TX. He bribes and intimidates officials to help maintain control, and puts down challenges violently. Treviño invokes such fear, very few journalists dare to write about him. Strangely, he is well known to Mexican law enforcement officials, yet he never appeared on the "most wanted" lists of Mexico's federal or Tamaulipas state's attorney general's offices.
With Treviño’s help, Los Zetas have taken on sideline operations that go beyond narcotics trafficking: human smuggling, extortion, and gunrunning. In November 2007, the city of Laredo, Texas issued an arrest warrant for Treviño in connection with a 2006 double homicide in Texas, and the U.S. Department of Justice also released an indictment against Treviño for conspiracy to manufacture and distribute cocaine into the United States. There is a bounty for Treviño in Mexico set at $2 million USD and another one in U.S.A. set at $5 million USD.
Other names 40, Z-40, Zeta 40, David Estrada-Corado, Comandante Forty, El Catorce, La Mona
Occupation Illegal drug trafficker, mercenary, hitman.
Employer Los Zetas
Height 5' 8"
Weight 195 lbs
Partner Heriberto Lazcano