Mexico expels gang leader “El Huevo” after arrest has led to attacks

CAPTION: The wrecked wreckage of a trailer set on fire by suspected gang members after one of its leaders was arrested is pictured in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, March 14, 2022. REUTERS / Stringer / File Photo

March 16, 2022

by Cassandra Garrison

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico deported alleged drug trafficking leaders to the United States, authorities said on Tuesday, following an arrest that led to his organization’s armed attacks on nearly 20 dozen military installations and the US consulate.

Juan Trevino, also known as “El Huevo” or “The Egg”, was arrested on Sunday in the border state of Tamaulipas in northern Mexico. He was wanted for crimes including drug smuggling and money laundering.

“This was a shock to one of the most important criminal organizations in the Northeast, affecting at least five states and operations in the United States,” Rosa Rodriguez, Mexico’s secretary of defense, told a news conference.

The capture of “El Huevo” in one of the most violent areas of the country led to armed attacks by his gang, the Northeast Cartel, against 22 military installations, 16 roadblocks and damage to the US consulate in Nuevo Laredo, according to authorities. .

Authorities sent more than 700 troops and four helicopters to secure the area on Tuesday following the attacks.

Trevino is related to the family that is supposed to have founded the Los Zetas cartel, but its leader, Heriberto Lazcano “El Lazca”, a former soldier, was killed by Mexican soldiers in October 2012.

The President of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, has said that one of the main challenges of his government is to fight the violence in the country, which has been non-stop for many years.

He has been criticized by his opponents for his security policy, based on the slogan “Kisses, not bullets”.

(This story corrects the name of the cartel in the Northeast, not the Northwest, in paragraph 4)

(Reports by Lizbeth Díaz; Writing by Valentine Hilaire; Editing by Raúl Cortés Fernandez and Lincoln Feast.)

Mexico expels gang leader “El Huevo” after arrest has led to attacks

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