The Navy captured Miguel Ángel Treviño, one of the worst:
And now what?
Drug War Grinds On After Cartel Arrest
The capture of Miguel Ángel Treviño raised an important question for Mexico law enforcement: How to dismantle a drug cartel not organized under a single leader?
Some experts said the Mexican Navy’s detention on Monday of the Dallas-raised Mr. Treviño was a victory for the country’s new government but was unlikely to change the course of its fight against organized crime. They said it could spark a power struggle within the Zetas and with rival gangs over territory.
The Zetas differ from other drug cartels in that local cells handle most of the crime, from transporting drugs to extorting local businesses, law-enforcement officials and analysts said on Tuesday.
Members often work like franchisees, paying Zetas leadership fees to use the name and the right to run local rackets. That model has allowed the gang to expand rapidly through Mexico and Central America while complicating the government’s task in crippling it by targeting its leaders.