13 September 2010

Mexico Busts Another Kingpin

This time, the marines got in on the action.

Mexican marines captured Sergio Villarreal Barragan, a presumed leader of the embattled Beltran Leyva cartel and one of the country's most-wanted fugitives, in a raid Sunday in the central state of Puebla, the government said.
The alleged capo known as "El Grande" did not put up any resistance when he was arrested along with two accomplices as they left a residence in Puebla city, according to government security spokesman Alejandro Poire. The raid involved 30 Navy marines, five vehicles and a helicopter.
"This is a new and resounding blow by the federal government against crime, given the high rank and dangerousness of this person inside one of the country's most extensive criminal organizations which has now been deeply weakened," Poire said in a statement.
Villarreal's capture is the fourth major blow delivered to drug cartels by the government of President Felipe Calderon in the past year.

By: Brant

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