Mexico extradites cartel leader ‘El Huevo’ to the United States after his apprehension sparked an attack on American consulate and Mexican military facilities
Northeast Cartel and Tropas del Infierno gang leader Juan Gerardo Treviño Chavez, aka El Huevo, was extradited from Mexico to the United States on Tuesday
Cartel Cartel Del Noreste operates mainly out of Tamaulipas but also maintains its presence in the states of Coahuila, Veracruz, Monterrey and Zacatecas
Del Noreste leader El Huevo was arrested by Mexican federal police in Nuevo Laredo on Sunday, March 13
In response, cartel members allegedly burned trucks for blockades and fired weapons in the city in the early hours of Monday morning, at least one person was reportedly killed
Treviño was arrested Sunday in the northern Mexico border state of Tamaulipas
He is accused by the U.S. Department of Justice of crimes that include money laundering and drug trafficking
Torn in Texas, Treviño comes from a family with an extensive crime pedigree, has dual U.S.-Mexican citizenship. He was turned over to U.S. federal agents in Tijuana
A Mexican cartel boss overseeing a gang of assassins who unleashed terror throughout several Mexico border states has been extradited to the United States.
Juan Gerardo Treviño Chavez, also known as ‘El Huevo’ or ‘The Egg,’ was turned over to U.S. federal agents at the Tijuana International Bridge on Tuesday.
The extradition of El Huevo, who holds U.S.-Mexican citizenship came after his capture in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas on Sunday.
El Huevo who led the Cartel del Noreste (Northeast Cartel) and Tropas del Infierno (Troops from Hell) – an offshoot of Los Zetas – has been accused by U.S. authorities of crimes that include money laundering and drug trafficking.
The case gained prominence after Juan Treviño’s apprehension sparked a series of attacks by his criminal organizations on almost two dozen military installations and the U.S. consulate building in the border town of Nuevo Laredo, across from Laredo, Texas.
After Cartel Del Noreste leader Juan Gerardo Treviño Chavez, better known as “El Huevo,” was arrested by Mexican federal police in Nuevo Laredo on Sunday, March 13, in response, cartel members allegedly burned trucks for blockades and fired weapons in the city in the early hours of Monday morning.
At least one person was reportedly killed.
Mexican federal officials made the announcement On Monday. Mexico’s secretary of security Rosa Rodríguez hailed the capture as hurting the cartel power structure.
‘It was a blow to one of the most important criminal organizations in the northeast of the country, with influence in at least five states and operations in the United States,’ Rodríguez said.
The Northeast Cartel operates mainly out of Tamaulipas but also maintains its presence in the states of Coahuila, Veracruz, Monterrey and Zacatecas.
Northeast Cartel leader Juan Treviño was taken into custody in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, on Sunday.
He was extradited to the United States Tuesday
The capture of ‘El Huevo’ in one of the most violent regions of the country generated armed attacks by his gang, the Northeast Cartel, against 22 military installations, 16 road blockades and collateral damage to the U.S. consulate.
Burnt vehicles littered the road in border cities in the Tamaulipas region after cartel boss was arrested. Authorities sent more than 700 military personnel and four helicopters to secure the area on Tuesday, following the attacks.
The consulate offices remain closed until further notice.
Authorities said Treviño’s organizations are behind the violence in five states in Mexico and the border region of Tamaulipas.
Treviño is connected to the family suspected of founding the Los Zetas cartel, whose leader, Heriberto ‘El Lazca’ Lazcano, a former military man, was killed by Mexican soldiers in October 2012.
He is also the nephew of imprisoned Los Zetas leader, Miguel Angel Treviño, who was arrested by Mexican security forces in July 2013 and is facing extradition to the U.S.
According to the Dallas Morning News, Miguel Angel Treviño moved to North Texas, then moved back to Mexico after he was arrested from evading police during a car pursuit.
He joined the Zetas, a criminal organization mostly made up of former Mexican armed forces commandos who served as the armed wing of the Gulf Cartel before eventually parting ways in 2010.
In the late 1990s, Osiel Cardenas founded Los Zetas as the armed wing of the Gulf Cartel, with a group of deserters from the Mexican Army special forces, Treviño would become the right-hand man of its leader, Corporal Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, “El Lazca”.
Juan Miguel Angel Treviño ascended in the ranks of a powerful cartel that operated drug smuggling routes that stretched from Central American nations through Mexico and all the way up to the border with the U.S.
During the October 2021 hearing of a former Zeta member who was sentenced by a Plano, Texas, court, Treviño was accused of murdering his mother-in-law.
Former leader José Guizar told the court that he saw Treviño overdose his wife’s mother with a Botox injection that induced a heart attack. Treviño who figured the coroner would rule the death was a cardiac arrest, somehow was able to convince his wife that her mother has been killed by Mexico’s federal police, the man told the court.
Under Treviño, the cartel was responsible for waging violence along the northern border region and trafficking cocaine into the North Texas region from 2010 to 2015.
He instructed smugglers to return to Mexico with loads of cash from drug transactions as well as military-style weapons, like AR-15 and AK-47 rifles, that were bought in the United States and used to combat Mexican security forces and rival criminal organizations like the Gulf Cartel and Sinaloa Cartel.
U.S. citizens were also among the innocent bystanders killed by Treviño’s cartel. David Hartely was shot dead in September 2010 while riding a scooter with his wife in Falcon Lake in Laredo, Texas. Authorities believed the couple were near a cartel narcotics transaction in progress.
In February 2011, Zetas gunmen intercepted a SUV driven by two U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and fired almost 100 rounds, killing agent Jaime Zapata, 32, and wounding his partner, Victor Avila.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador who has faced criticism from his detractors for his security policy, based on the slogan ‘Hugs, not bullets,’ says one of his administration’s main challenges is to combat violence in the country, which has been incessant for years.