Monday, July 4, 2011
Breaking News: Los Zetas Gang Leader Caught
Jesus Enrique Rejon Aguilar has been identified as third in command of Los Zetas, a dangerous criminal enterprise started by deserters from the Mexican army's special forces. Originally an enforcement arm of the Gulf Cartel, over the course of a 10-year period the Zetas evolved into a drug-trafficking entity in its own right.
In February, Los Zetas gunmen attacked ICE agents Victor Avila and Jaime Zapata while they drove along a road in San Luis Potosi state, wounding Avila and killing Zapata (shown at right). A week later, Mexican police arrested one of the gunmen, who said they had attacked the agents only because they thought they were members of a rival gang.
Aguilar joined the Mexican Army in 1993, became a member of its elite Grupo Aeromóvil de Fuerzas Especiales in 1996, became an agent with the Mexican Attorney General's Office in 1997, and in 1999 deserted and helped establish Los Zetas.
Los Zetas Cartel is one of the criminal organizations covered in "Gangland Texas," one of the "Mayhem" chapters in in Texas Confidential: Sex, Scandal, Murder, and Mayhem in the Lone Star State.