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James Gibney

Mexico Creates Job Opening for a New Drug Kingpin

The capture of a Mexican drug lord is good news, though all it probably does is create an opening for another crime boss to take his place.

The government of Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto has good reason to trumpet the captureyesterday of Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, head of Los Zetas, one of the country's most brutal and most powerful drug cartels.

Even by the gory standards of Mexican drug lords, Trevino stood out for his sadistic streak: He is accused of orchestrating, in several large-scale incidents, the kidnapping and killing of 265 migrants in northern Mexico. (According to one survivor, they were killed when they refused to work as drug mules.) The U.S. and Mexican governments had offered a combinedbountyof as much as $7 million for his capture. Let's hope that they have more money in the reward pinata, because they're going to need it.