Photo: "El Mamito", One of Los Zetas' Top Members Arrested in Connection With ICE Agent's Murder
In February, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Jaime Zapata,32, was killed when he and another agent were ambushed in San Luis Potosi. Monday, Mexican authorities said they had arrested a leader in the Zetas drug cartel connected to the killing.
Jesus Enrique Rejon Aguilar aka “El Mamito” has been arrested in connection to the agent’s death. Rejon is allegedly a member of Los Zetas, one of Mexico’s most powerful and violent drug cartels.
According to Ramon E. Pequeno, anti-drug division chief of Mexico’s federal police, “El Mamito” was once a member of the Mexican Army’s elite forces, but deserted in 1999. It is believed that one month later he joined the Grupo de los 14 which went on to form Los Zetas, which was the armed wing of Gulf Cartel (Cartel del Golfo), before breaking off in 2010 and becoming their own cartel. Since that division, disputes between the two have been ongoing.
“When [U.S. agent] Jaime Zapata was murdered on February 14, El Mamito was in San Luis Potosi, coordinating actions perpetrated by the Zetas,” Pequeno told CNN.
Zapata’s death marked the first time in 25 years that a U.S. law enforcement was killed while on duty in Mexico.
Authorities have called Rejon “one of the leaders and founders of the Zetas criminal organization,” and have stated he was the third most powerful leader of the cartel.
Los Zetas are considered by the DEA to be responsible for a large part of Mexico’s escalating violence.
Pequeno calls Rejon’s arrest “a triumph for the Mexican government.”