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Notorious drug lord captured by Mexican authorities

Miguel Angel Trevino Morales. Photo: Reuters

Miguel Angel Trevino, one of the Mexico's most ruthless drug lords, has been captured by authorities.

The 43-year-old is suspected of being responsible for ordering some of the worst atrocities of Mexico's brutal drugs war, slaughtering dozens of migrant workers and leaving their bodies on display to warn enemies and terrorise communities.

He gained infamy by killing his rivals alive in a method known as the "guiso" or strew, in which people would be placed in 55-gallon drums, which would then be lit.

He is thought to be responsible for a number of killings on the US side of the Mexican border, and for coordinating the shipment of hundreds of pounds of cocaine and marijuana each week from Mexico into the US, through Guatemala.

Warning: This report contains disturbing images of dead bodies.