Arrest of Zetas leader's brother prompts Mexico travel warning

June 20, 2012 by
Categories: Mexico, Safety

American officials are issuing an alert following the arrest in the United States of the brother of a high-ranking member of the Zetas drug cartel.

According to the New York Times, federal officials arrested Jose Treviño-Morales on Tuesday morning as part of a money laundering investigation.

The newspaper reported that Treviño-Morales is accused of using champion race horse ranches in New Mexico and Oklahoma to launder millions of dollars in drug money for the Zetas.

The New York Times reported that Treviño-Morales is the brother of Miguel Angel Treviño-Morales, a high-ranking Zetas leader known as Z-40.

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The U.S. Embassy in Mexico issued a security message to American citizens in Mexico on Tuesday afternoon.

The message asks American citizens traveling and residing in Mexico to be aware of the incident and be prepared for any possible retaliation or violence related to the arrests.

“Given the history and resources of this violent TCO, the U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens to maintain a low profile and a heightened sense of awareness,” the message states.