x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Commander of Mexico's Zetas drug cartel detained

A military press release said the arrests took place in Puebla, central Mexico where officials detained Zeta commander William de Jesus Torres Solorzano, who also goes by the nicknames "El W" and "The Worm Eater."

MEXICO CITY // Mexico's military announced the arrest of four members of the notorious Zetas drug cartel, including a top commander within the group.

A military press release said the arrests took place in Puebla, central Mexico where officials detained Zeta commander William de Jesus Torres Solorzano, who also goes by the nicknames "El W" and "The Worm Eater."

He was arrested during a military patrol of the region. Authorities said that among the items seized during the arrest were four vehicles, weapons, a package containing a large quantity of cocaine and about US$830,000 (Dh3.048 million) in cash.

The four were transferred to federal authorities in Mexico City, officials said.

Much of northern and eastern Mexico is in the clutches of the feared drug cartel, which was founded by ex-anti drug commandos known for decapitating and dismembering their enemies.

The Zetas were originally hired as enforcers for the Gulf Cartel, but turned on their employers and have taken over their lucrative turf, which includes key land routes to smuggle drugs into the United States.

The group is said to be behind some of the most heinous drug war crimes, including the slaughter of 72 migrants travelling to the US border in August 2010, and the decapitation and dismemberment of 49 people in May near the industrial northern city of Monterrey.