The federal and state police of Nuevo Leon today dealt a huge blow to Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, El Z-40, second in command of Los Zetas cartel, arresting in different incidents; a money launderer of the criminal organization and his nephew.
In the first case, the Mexican Marines in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, apprehended Erick Jovan Lozano Díaz, El Cucho, alleged financial operator of Los Zetas, in possession of 41,111,650 pesos and more than a million in US currency.
According to the agency under the command of Admiral Francisco Saynez Mendoza, the detainee would be linked to the operations of Jose Trevino Morales, who was arrested in Oklahoma, United States, after being identified by U.S. authorities as a financial trader for the Zetas and is suspected of laundering about a million dollars a month through the sale of thoroughbred horses.
El Cucho was presented today to the press on the premises of the SIEDO. During the press conference, the Navy spokesman Jose Luis Vergara said that Lozano Díaz confessed to being the financial operator of Los Zetas, directly providing the money from illegal activities to Z-40.
He also confessed to owning a company dedicated to the import of vehicles, which charges a commission.
After his capture, which occurred yesterday in a safe house in Nuevo Laredo, authorities secured 36,111,650 pesos, plus $1,480,919 in US currency.
Elements of the Semar said that in the office where El Cucho was arrested they found another 5 million pesos, making a total of 41,111,650 pesos.
In addition to the large sum of money, police also seized 10 doses of cocaine, two handguns and 300 rounds of ammunition of different calibers, along with different firearms, a vehicle and computer equipment.
The SIEDO UEIORPIFAM/AP/148/2012 opened a preliminary investigation against Eric Jovan Diaz Lozano on charges of participating in organized crime with illegal procedures and crimes violation of the Federal Firearms and Explosives act. SIEDO requested a hearing with a judge to present a case and bring an injunction against the detainee to commence the investigation.
Another alleged associate of the Z-40 voluntarily surrendered to American justice. Veracruz entrepreneur Francisco Colorado Cessa, Pancho Colorado , who is appointed by the Treasury Department United States as a money launderer for Los Zetas through equestrian business, connected to the operations of Jose Trevino Morales, brother of the Z- 40.
Miguel Angel Trevino Morales and Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano directed the organization of Los Zetas, considered by authorities in Mexico and the United States as one of the most violent and powerful, with connections to criminal groups in Italy.
In another police action in the state of Nuevo Leon, the State Investigation Agency captured Juan Francisco Treviño Chavez, El Quico, nephew of Miguel Treviño Morales, El Z-40, who is second in command of Los Zetas.
El Quico leader of Los Zetas in Nuevo Laredo, was arrested with his cousin Jesus Chavez Garcia who heads the cartel in Sabinas Hidalgo and is one of the 141 inmates who escaped from prison in New Laredo on December 16, 2010.
At the time of his arrest in the parking lot of Plaza Rea in the city of Monterrey, the detainees were carrying two rifles AR-15, a Beetle and an Avalanche
Treviño Chavez is wanted by U.S. authorities.
El Quico is the son of Juan Francisco Treviño Morales, brother of the Z-40 and the suspect that was recently arrested in the United States.
Also on Tuesday, another brother of the Z-40 , Jose was captured in Oklahoma, while another of the brothers, Oscar, Z-42 , is considered a fugitive from U.S. justice.