MEXICO CITY -- The Mexican authorities have deported the leader of a suspected drug gang to America after an arrest that sparked armed attacks by his group on nearly two dozen military installations and the U.S. consulate.
Juan Trevino, also known by the nickname "El Huevo" and "The Egg", was detained on Sunday at Tamaulipas, a northern Mexican border state. Trevino was wanted for crimes including drug trafficking and money laundering.
Rosa Rodriguez, Mexico's secretary for security, stated that it was a blow to "one of the most significant criminal organizations in northeastern of the country, which has influence in at least 5 states and operations in America," during a news conference.
According to authorities, El Huevo was captured in the most violent region of the country. His gang, the Northeast Cartel launched armed attacks against 22 military installations, 16 roadblockades, and collateral damage to U.S. consulate Nuevo Laredo.
After the attack, more than 700 military personnel were deployed and four helicopters were dispatched to the scene.
Trevino is a relative of the family that allegedly created the Los Zetas cartel. Its leader, Heriberto Lazcano El Lazca, was a former soldier who was shot and killed by Mexican soldiers in Oct 2012.
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Mexican President, stated that one of the main challenges facing his administration is to stop violence in Mexico. This has been a problem for many years.
His security policy, which is based on the slogan "Hugs not bullets," has drawn criticism from his critics.