Mexican navy catches a founder of Zetas drug cartel
Marines detained Raul Lucio Hernandez Lechuga on Monday
Mexico City — The Associated Press reports; the Mexican navy says it has caught a founding member of the brutal Zetas drug cartel. It says marines detained Raul Lucio Hernandez Lechuga on Monday in the city of Cordoba.
The city is in the state of Veracruz, where the Zetas are battling for control against a gang allied with the
Sinaloa drug cartel. A navy statement says Hernandez has been the Zetas leader for the states of Veracruz, Puebla and Oaxaca.
The Zetas formed from a small group of elite soldiers based in Tamaulipas who deserted to work for the Gulf drug cartel in the 1990s. They later split with the Gulf cartel and formed their own gang.