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The Mexican police have captured 24 people for alleged link to the country’s notorious Zetas drug cartel and involvement in dozens of murders and kidnappings across the country.

November 21, 2012

Arrested members of Mexico’s notorious Zetas drug cartel are presented to the press

“Investigations show those arrested are linked with at least 16 killings and 12 homicides as well as extortions to companies selling suits demanding MXN 50,000 from them every month, furniture shops with MXN 30,000 and they intercepted rubbish collectors to demand money from them,” according to a statement, issued by Nuevo Leon state security spokesman, Jorge Domene on Monday,

Zetas’ members are involved in USD-multi-billion cross-border drug trade, extortion, kidnapping, and other instances of criminality.

They have been engaged in the killing of hundreds of people, whose bodies have frequently been found in mass graves, the massacre of 72 migrant workers in the eastern Mexico state of Tamaulipas on August 24, 2010, and a bar attack that claimed 52 lives in Monterrey, the capital of Nuevo Leon, another state in the east of the country, on August 25, 2011.

Recent reports show that around 60,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence across Mexico since 2006 when the military was ordered to take the lead in a crackdown on the country’s powerful drug cartels.

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