In July, Mexican marines captured the leader of Mexico’s most violent drug cartel, Miguel Treviño. Although Treviño is known for committing and ordering grisly killings, less is known about his recruitment of children on both sides of the border into the ranks of his Zetas cartel.
Days before Trevino’s capture in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, producers from The Center for Investigative Reporting were on the scene, investigating his penchant for developing teen soldiers. In exclusive interviews, CIR spoke with two former teenage assassins who say they killed for the Zetas.
Rosalio Reta, a Mexican-American who met Treviño when he was 13, says he killed 30 people for the Zetas. A young Mexican man in Nuevo Laredo also says he carried out targeted assassinations for the Zetas as a teenager.
Reporter: Andrew Becker
Producers: Josiah Hooper and Daffodil Altan
Co-Producer: Bruce Livesey
Editor: Angela Reginato
Camera: Josiah Hooper & Sharon Pieczenik
Associate Producer: Rachel de Leon
Script Consultant: Mia Zuckerkandel
Narration: Daffodil Altan
Intern: Andrew Nathan Bergman
Production Assistant: Owen Wesson
Supervising Editor: David Ritsher
Senior Producer: Stephen Talbot
Executive Producer: Susanne Reber
A production of The Center for Investigative Reporting.