Raúl Lucio Hernández Lechuga

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Raúl Lucio Hernández Lechuga
Born Mexico
Status Captured
Other names El Lucky,[1] Z-16
Occupation Los Zetas founder
Criminal charge Drug trafficking, money laundering,
Criminal status Incarcerated

Raúl Lucio Hernández Lechuga,[2] alias El Lucky and Z-16, is a former Mexican drug lord and one of the original founders of the criminal group Los Zetas.[3] The government of Mexico had listed Hernández Lechuga as one of its 37 most wanted drug lords and offered the equivalent of over $2 million USD for information leading to his capture.[4]

Kingpin Act sanction[edit]

On 24 March 2010, the United States Department of the Treasury sanctioned Hernánez Lechuga under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (sometimes referred to simply as the "Kingpin Act"), for his involvement in drug trafficking along with fifty-three other international criminals and ten foreign entities.[5] The act prohibited U.S. citizens and companies from doing any kind of business activity with him, and virtually froze all his assets in the U.S.[6]


He was apprehended in Córdoba, Veracruz on 12 December 2011, and was believed to have controlled operations for Los Zetas in over 10 states in Mexico.[7] In addition, one of his bodyguards was killed; authorities also found 133 rifles, five grenade launchers, 29 grenades and 36 pistols at the scene of the raid. SEMAR also found bulletproof vests with the letter "Z", the Zetas symbol, on the front.[8] After his arrest, Zetas leader Fernando Martínez Magaña (alias "Z-16") took his place in the organization. He was arrested by Mexican law enforcement, however, on 15 May 2014.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Capturan a «El Lucky», uno de los fundadores del cártel de Los Zetas: El presidente mexicano, Felipe Calderón, informó a través de su cuenta de Twitter de la detención de Raúl Lucio Fernández Lechuga, «El Lucky». Manuel M. Cascante. 13 December 2011. Retrieved 8 March 2012.
  2. ^ "ARMADA ASEGURA A RAÚL LUCIO HERNÁNDEZ LECHUGA, ALIAS "EL LUCKY" O "Z-16″". Secretaría de Marina (SEMAR). Retrieved 13 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "'El Lucky', presunto fundador de 'Los Zetas', es detenido por la Marina". CNN Mexico. Retrieved 13 December 2011. 
  4. ^ Univision. México ofrece millonarias recompensas por 37 líderes del narco. English title: Mexico offers rewards in the millions for 37 drug lords. Retrieved 18 February 2011.
  5. ^ "DESIGNATIONS PURSUANT TO THE FOREIGN NARCOTICS KINGPIN DESIGNATION ACT" (PDF). United States Department of the Treasury. 15 May 2014. p. 11. Archived (PDF) from the original on 28 May 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "An overview of the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act" (PDF). United States Department of the Treasury. 2009. p. 1. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 May 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "'El Lucky' dirigía operaciones de 'Los Zetas' en 10 entidades del país". CNN Mexico. Retrieved 13 December 2011. 
  8. ^ Castillo, Eduardo (13 December 2011). "Mexico says captured cartel leader had arsenal". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  9. ^ "Capturan al Z16, líder del narco en Nuevo Laredo". Milenio (in Spanish). 15 May 2014. Retrieved 16 May 2014.