After complaints of privileges, Miguel Ángel Treviño, the Z-40, was transferred to a prison in Chiapas

Chiapas.- Miguel Angel Treviño Morales, aka the “Z-40“, he was transferred to the Federal Center for Social Readaptation (Cefereso) 15 CPS Chiapas, after the complaints that enjoyed supposed privileges in the federal prison of Buenavista Tomatlán, in Michoacán.

The former leader of Los Zetas was transferred to maximum security criminal located in Villa Comaltitlán, Chiapas, last weekend aboard a helicopter with a strong security device.

In the Chiapas prison where the “Z-40” is now held, other drug lords are also being held, such as Édgar Coronel Aispuro, brother-in-law of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, and Juan Francisco Sillas Rocha, “El Ruedas”, lieutenant of the Arellano Félix family.

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The transfer of the brother of “Z-42” was carried out a few days after the custodians of the Buenavista Tomatlán prison denounced that he enjoyed alleged privileges in collusion with the prison authorities.

Upon his arrival at the Michoacan prison in 2020, after his transfer from the Puente Grande prison, which closed its doors, Miguel Ángel Treviño managed to obtain the support of the prison directors, who placed him in a exclusive module, in which he only lived with prisoners that he authorized and enjoyed various comforts.

The prison workers pointed out that the “Z-40” enjoyed privileges such as access to news from day to day, fresh fruit who was peeled and minced before him for fear of being poisoned.

The operational personnel of the Cefereso de Michoacán also assured that upon arrival at that place, the former leader of The Zetas donated to the administration of the then director about 30 speakers for distribution in each of the modules.

With a new prison director in 2021, Treviño Morales gave away balls worth 2,800 pesos each and board games such as chess and dominoes, each with an estimated value of 1,000 pesos.

The “Z-40” after his arrest in July 2013. Photo: Cuartoscuro

Since he was captured on July 15, 2013 in a town in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, the “Z-40” has been held in the federal prisons of Altiplano, Puente Grande, Oaxaca, Hermosillo and Ciudad Juárez.

After the fall of the leader of Los Zetas Arturo Guzmán Decena In 2002, Miguel Ángel Treviño began to rise in the cartel structure, spearheading a leadership dispute with Heriberto Lazcano, the “Z-3,” in mid-2012.

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However, Lazcano was killed by the security forces in October of that same year, which led to the “Z-40” becoming the new leader of Los Zetas.

During his leadership in the criminal organization, Los Zetas increased their notoriety for their ruthless acts, such as the dismemberment of bodies, acts of cannibalism and disappearance of victims in acid.


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