A NOTORIOUS Mexican cartel boss has died in prison after being diagnosed with coronavirus.
Moises Escamilla May, a high-ranking member of the infamous Los Zetas gang, had spent more than a decade in jail after being accused of a string of decapitations.
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The 45-year-old died at a maximum-security prison in the state of Jalisco, a week after beginning to suffer breathing problems.
May – nicknamed “El Gordo May” which means “Fat May” in English – was serving a 37-year jail sentence for organised crime, weapons and drugs offences.
He was in charge of the distribution of cocaine in Cancun and was accused of participating in the murder of 12 people who were decapitated in Yucatan in August 2008.
At the time of his detention he was identified as a regional leader of Old School Zetas, one of the two factions of the notoriously violent cartel.
Los Zetas was regarded as one of the most dangerous of Mexico’s drug cartels, although in recent times it has become fragmented and seen its influence diminish.
As well as drug trafficking, its criminal activities also covered kidnap, extortion, sex trafficking and gun running rackets.
It was formed by army deserters who began to work for the Gulf Cartel before breaking away to create their own cartel.
After the capture of former leader Omar Trevino Morales, alias Z-42, the cartel split into two factions which were at war until 2018.
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Mexico is one of the countries worst hit by Covid-19 in Latin America.
More than 35,000 cases have been confirmed in the country – with only Brazil and Peru having more in that region.
The nation has also seen 3,465 deaths form the virus in that region.
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