Moisés Escamilla May, who was once the leader of the feared Los Zetas criminal cartel, had died in prison of COVID-19.
May, known as Gordo May (Fat May), passed away at 45 years old while serving a 37 yer sentence for his role in organized crime. At the time of his death, he was considered one of the most dangerous prisoners in the Puente Grande maximum security prison in Jalisco state. His organization was one of the biggest suppliers of cocaine in Cancún, which he funneled through a popular beach resort. The organization maintained its power through violence, including the horrific decapitation of 12 men in the Yucatan region.
May was the leader of "Old School Zetas," which had been part of the Los Zetas organization. They had a massive network of informants through the police department. At the time of his arrest in 2008, his organization was the biggest in Cancún. Los Zetas was viewed as a particularly brutal gang, having been created by army deserters who had originally worked for the Gulf Cartel before starting their own cartel. Aside from drugs, they also engaged in kidnapping, extortion, sex trafficking and gun running rackets. After the arrest of former leader Omar Trevino Morales, alias Z-42, the gang splintered in warring factions until 2018.
From the BBC:
According to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University, Mexico has more than 35,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 3,465 deaths. The United Nations has warned that overcrowded Latin American prisons could become hotbeds of coronavirus as it is impossible for inmates to socially distance. There have been deadly prison riots in Venezuela, Peru and Colombia - with inmates demanding more be done to shield them from the virus. An amnesty law passed in Mexico to allow some inmates to go free and ease overcrowding in prisons during the pandemic has been criticised by activists as not being far reaching enough to make a difference. At Puente Grande prison alone, there have been 74 reported coronavirus cases, local media say.