President Felipe Calderon's office announced the capture of Raúl Lucio Hernández Lechuga, "El Lucky", today in the municipality of Cordova, Veracruz.
According to media reports El Lucky oversaw the Zeta plazas in the states of Veracruz, Puebla and Oaxaca.
El Lucky, also known as Z-16, is a "Zeta Viejo", one of the original former military founders of Los Zetas that began as the paramilitary arm of the Gulf Cartel in the late 1990's.
Hernandez Lechuga had outstanding rewards of 30 million pesos and 5 million dollars in the U.S.
According to the Milenio news agency Hernandez Lechuga was apprehended at a ranch in Cordova by Mexican Marines who had acquired intelligence on his whereabouts. A gathering at the ranch was celebrating the Zeta leader's birthday at the time of his arrest.
According to Marine spokespersons the operation was ongoing in an attempt to capture more Zetas whose locations had also been revealed.