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Mexico Captures Zetas Founder Wanted In ICE Agent's Killing

July 05, 2011  | 

Mexican authorities have captured Jesus Rejon Aguilar, one of the three founding members of the Los Zetas drug cartel and a suspect in the killing of a U.S. immigration enforcement agent earlier this year.

Jesus Rejon Aguilar, who goes by the alias "El Mamito" (Pretty Boy), was taken into custody on Sunday near Mexico City without a shot being fired.

Among other crimes, Rejon was wanted in connection with the Feb. 15 ambush death of Jaime Zapata, a special agent with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency on assignment in Mexico. A Zetas gangster arrested earlier said cartel gunmen mistook the agents for members of a rival gang.

Rejon Aguilar was one of three Mexican Army deserters who founded the paramilitary Zetas gang around 1999 as an armed protection force for the Gulf cartel. Earlier this year, the Zetas broke away to form their own drug trafficking organization. Of the original Zetas, only Heriberto Lazcano remains at large.

Source: Los Angeles Times

Related:

Six Zeta Cartel Members Arrested In ICE Agent's Killing\

A Field Guide to Mexican Drug Cartels


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