Mexico’s Government Capture Third Drug Cartel Leader Since July

Published on: Sep 03 2013 by Thomas Lloyd

Mexico security drug warsMexican police have captured a third major drug lord since July.


President Calderon’s war on drugs was controversial; while it had a fairly high death toll (mostly those involved in the drug cartels,) some key experts said that the effort would pay off in the long run. In any case, it was unsure if President Pena Nieto would continue with the same policy. If we had to choose an answer right now, it looks like it would have to be “yes:”


Mexican police have detained the alleged leader of the Juarez drug cartel, a 47-year-old man known as “Ugly Betty,” authorities said.


Alberto Carrillo Fuentes was arrested by federal police in the western state of Nayarit and he was later questioned by prosecutors, an official from the attorney general’s office told AFP yesterday on condition of anonymity.


He faces charges of drug trafficking, murder and organised crime. The official declined to provide more details.


Carrillo Fuentes’s arrest marks the third capture of a high-profile drug lord since July.


Authorities detained Zetas cartel kingpin Miguel Angel Trevino, alias “Z-40,” on July 15, followed by Gulf cartel leader Mario Ramirez Trevino on August 17.


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-by Thomas Lloyd


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