Leader of the Northeast Cartel deported from Mexico to the United States

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Mexico deported Juan Gerardo Treviño to the United States on Tuesday, a US citizen who led the Northeast Cartel accused in his country of various charges related to drug trafficking and money laundering and whose capture on Sunday caused heavy clashes and attacks on military and civilian targets. in the city of Nuevo Laredo, bordering Texas, including the US consulate.

According to Ricardo Mejía, undersecretary of Public Security, Treviño, alias “El Huevo”, did not have Mexican nationality and there were no records of his legal entry into the country, so the deportation proceeded in accordance with the mutual cooperation agreement that exists between Mexico and the United States.

The delivery to the US authorities took place early Tuesday morning at the border between Tijuana and San Diego, in California, after “El Huevo” was evacuated from Nuevo Laredo by helicopter to the northern city of Piedras Negras and later transferred to the Mexican capital where he stayed for a few hours before being taken back to the border for deportation. Treviño was detained in the United States on charges issued in the state of Texas.

Meanwhile, Nuevo Laredo, the main commercial crossroads between Mexico and the United States, was seething. The arrest caused clashes and burning of vehicles and on Monday morning the city woke up totally paralyzed.

As confirmed by the Mexican authorities at a press conference, the arrest caused clashes and burning of vehicles, with 13 roadblocks, 22 attacks on military installations and 16 on civilian installations, including the offices of the United States Consulate. All this led to the temporary closure of two of the border bridges that connect with Texas.

The authorities reported that during the various attacks no injuries or deaths were reported.

“I have raised our serious concerns about these incidents and the safety of our employees directly with the government of Mexico,” US Ambassador Ken Salazar said Monday.

Luis Cresencio Sandoval, Secretary of National Defense, said that more than 700 elements and four helicopter gunships were sent to reinforce security in Tamaulipas. “We are going to take advantage of this reinforcement precisely to guarantee the safety of citizens and also to exploit the information we have about this criminal group and obtain results against the criminal organization,” added the general.

When asked about the possible reinforcement of security in other regions of the north of the country in the face of the risk of new attacks by the criminal group, the Secretary of Defense indicated that all forces “are on alert to be able to support the efforts that are going to be made.” be wearing these days.”

Treviño, in addition to being the visible head of the Northeast Cartel, an offshoot of Los Zetas, also led the group of hitmen called “Hell’s Troops” and the authorities accuse him of generating violence in five states of the country and in the region of the called the “small border” of the state of Tamaulipas, the one with the largest illegal crossing of migrants into the United States.

In addition to charges related to drug and arms trafficking, and money laundering conspiracy, he was also wanted in the United States for employing minors for drug trafficking activities.

When he was arrested, Treviño had in his possession two long weapons for the exclusive use of the army, and had three arrest warrants, the United States and two in Mexico, one in Tamaulipas for extortion and criminal association and another in the border state of Coahuila. for intentional homicide and terrorism. In that region, he is linked to the attack on Villa Unión, a border municipality that was devastated at the end of 2019 when a caravan of hit men entered and where 24 people died, including policemen, civilians and alleged criminals.

Mejía indicated that the charges for various crimes that Treviño faces in Coahuila and Tamaulipas will subsist and will remain pending.

Juan Gerardo Treviño Chávez is a relative of Miguel Ángel Treviño Morales, “El Z-40”, the top leader of the Los Zetas cartel who was arrested in 2013 and is currently imprisoned in Mexico.

The arrests of important criminal leaders usually provoke subsequent violence because there are rearrangements of forces and leadership within the criminal group.

Nuevo Laredo is a territory coveted by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, which wants to break into the area. Further east, also in Tamaulipas, criminal control is in the hands of the Gulf Cartel.

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