Boss of Mexico’s feared “Zetas” busted in Guatemala

Guatemalan authorities announced April 15 they had captured Daniel Pérez, a senior member of Mexico’s powerful Gulf Cartel, the latest sign that Mexican cartels are seeking control of Central American trafficking routes. Perez (alias Cachetes, or “Cheeks”), who is wanted in the US, is said to be second-in-command of the cartel’s vicious armed wing, the Zetas. Guatemala’s interior ministry said Pérez—a former elite Mexican soldier who helped found the Zetas in the late 1990s—was arrested last week in Guatemala City, accused of involvement in a shootout in March in southern Guatemala in which 11 people were killed. Both Mexico and the US have announced they will seek extradition. (El Universal, April 17; Reuters, April 15)

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