Mexico captures boss of brutal Zetas drugs cartel

A screen shows photographs of Miguel Angel Trevino during a news conference in Mexico City. Credit: Reuters

The Mexican government says it has captured the leader of the Zetas drug cartel, delivering a boost to President Enrique Pena Nieto in his fight against violent crime.

Miguel Angel Trevino, 40, known as Z-40, was captured early on Monday by Mexican Marines near the northern city of Nuevo Laredo on the US border, a government spokesman told reporters.

Many of the worst atrocities in the drug war have been blamed on the Zetas, including the massacre of dozens of migrants in northern Mexico in 2010 and the dumping of 49 decapitated bodies near the city of Monterrey last year.

The US State Department had offered a reward of up to $5m (£3.3m) for information leading to Trevino's capture.