MEXICO CITY – A Mexican official says a founding member of the brutal Zetas cartel who was killed by soldiers last week was no longer a major player in the drug trade.
A Tamaulipas state security official says Galdino Mellado Cruz operated in the border city of Reynosa, where he and his group kidnapped for ransom, robbed banks and stole cars.
The official said Monday it's not clear if Mellado Cruz still belonged to a drug cartel. Reynosa, across the border from McAllen, Texas, is controlled by the Gulf Cartel.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not permitted to be quoted by name for security reasons.
Mellado Cruz was one of the 30 former special forces soldiers who created the Zetas gang.