The alleged head of the southern faction of Mexican cartel Los Zetas is California native Jose Maria Guizar Valencia a/k/a El Charly or Z43, and U.S. law enforcement has offered a $5 million reward for the husky boy as reported by Ildefonso Ortiz for Breitbart News.
Guizar isn't the first American to climb the cartel ranks.
In 2010 Mexican federal police arrested American-born and blue-eyed Edgar Valdez Villarreal a/k/a La Barbie who went from high school football star in Laredo, TX to become a top leader in the Beltran Leyva Mexican drug cartel as reported by Tracy Wilkinson for The Los Angeles Times: "Valdez allegedly served as the top enforcer for Arturo Beltran Leyva, a major kingpin killed by Mexican troops in December."
U.S. citizens increasingly are hot recruits with the Mexican drug cartels as reported by Luis Chaparro for the Latin American Herald Tribune:
Among the transnational criminal organizations there is a clear intent to recruit binational (Mexican-American) citizens or Americans because it is so easy for them to move around. It is easier to come and go. The new recruits are used to smuggle arms and drugs, and to steal vehicles, carry out kidnappings and commit other violent crimes.
It's about time that Mexico started providing jobs to Americans!