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Mexico: 52 alleged Zetas members arrested in Nuevo León

first_img MONTERREY, Mexico — Mexican authorities arrested 52 alleged members of the Los Zetas drug cartel, including two active duty police officers, in the northeastern state of Nuevo León, officials said June 13. Security spokesman Jorge Domene Zambrano said the 52 suspects, including eight women and five children, were arrested there under various operations that began on June 8. The suspects “held different roles for the criminal group, from leaders of local cells to assassins and spies,” Domene said during a news conference. Nuevo León is considered among the Mexican states with the biggest presence of Zetas. The arrests came on the heels of the June 12 indictment in the United States of the man believed to be Los Zetas’ second-in-command, Miguel Angel Treviño Morales, along with 13 others for alleged money laundering. They are accused of hiding millions of dollars of drug proceeds in a horse-racing and breeding operation. Mexican authorities ruled out a direct link between the raids in Mexico and those in the United States. [AFP, 13/06/2012; Elporvenir.com.mx (Mexico), 13/06/2012] By Dialogo June 14, 2012last_img read more