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Mexico Drug War: Facts About 'Los Zetas' Drug Cartel (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 03/02/11 01:44 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:35 PM ET

Mexico's highly feared Zetas drug cartel finds itself back in the international headlines once again, after an alleged regional head was arrested in connection with the murder of Jaime Zapata, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent, which took place last month.

As the New York Times is reporting, navy spokesman José Luis Vergara said the suspect, Sergio Antonio Mora, controlled the Zeta organization in the state of San Luis Potosí, where the attack took place.

Unfortunately, the lethal reputation of "Los Zetas" doesn't stop with Zapata's death, as members have previously been blamed for some of the most gruesome atrocities in Mexico's drug war, including the brutal slaying of 72 migrants last August.

View key facts about Mexico's Zetas here. All captions courtesy of Reuters.

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In the late 1990s, about 40 soldiers deserted the Mexican army special forces to work as muscle for the Gulf Cartel. After the cartel's leader was arrested, they branched out into their own, independent operation.
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