Latin Drug Bosses And Their Growing American Ties

By Larry Kaplow

MIGUEL~1Latin American cartels are fueled by U.S. drug demand so their illegal retail networks often stretch throughout America. And Mexico’s arrest of Miguel Angel Trevino Morales was a reminder that the connections between drug traffickers and the U.S. are not just commercial. They’re also personal.

As NPR’s Carrie Kahn and others noted, Trevino’s formative crime years were during his adolescence in the Dallas area where he joined a local gang. The Dallas Morning News says he still has a mother and sister in Dallas.

The newspaper says that he eventually returned to his native Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, and climbed the murderous criminal ranks.

By the time of his arrest by Mexican Marines early Monday morning, Trevino was alleged to head the Zetas, the most vicious Mexican gang. Known as “Z-40,” “Death” and “Chacal (Jackal),” authorities blame him for beheadings and mass killings in which victims were left dangling from highway overpasses to terrorize residents.

Video of yesterday’s perp walk, showing Trevino in a blue golf shirt, can be found on the website of the Mexican magazine Proceso.

Many Nacros With U.S. Links

Trevino’s not the only notable narco with U.S. origins or strong ties.

One of the most famous and photogenic was U.S.-born Edgar Valdez Villarreal, known as “La Barbie” for his Anglo good looks.

His casual wear and irrepressible smirk while in custody helped launch a Mexican fashion trend for the “Big Pony” Ralph Lauren golf shirts – he wore one after his 2010 arrest.

Read More Latin Drug Bosses And Their Growing American Ties : Parallels : NPR.


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