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Ex-leader of Gulf Cartel transferred to US for charges

Chihuahua, Mexico — An ex-leader of the Gulf Cartel has been transferred to a US prison.

Miguel Ángel Treviño Morales, also known as El Z-40, the ex -leader of the Gulf Cartel and founder of Los Zetas, has been transferred to the United States.

Treviño Morales, who was imprisoned in the Federal Center for Social Readaptation in Chihuahua, was transferred to a prison in Texas where he will face charges for money laundering and drug trafficking.

The drug lord, who spent 14 months in the Mexican prison, was handed over in extradition by the Mexican government in which 200 elements of the Federal Police and armored trucks saw the transfer from the Abraham González airport in the border city.

He will face charges of drug trafficking, homicide, organized crime, torture, extortion and money laundering. The Z-40 head is rated as one of the historical leaders of Los Zetas, one of the cartels that unleashed the spiral of violence in Mexico by imposing the style of beheadings and extreme torture on members of rival gangs.

Miguel Ángel Treviño Morales was arrested in Tamaulipas by the Navy in July 2013.