Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel’s security chief has been captured, the country’s army said Sunday.
The suspect was not identified by name, but officials say he works as the head of security for one of Mexico’s top drug lord and world’s most wanted men, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, The New York Times reported.
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Mexican authorities say the man arrested was responsible for kidnapping, extortion, arson and making secret burials of cartel victims.
The suspect’s boss, Guzmán, has eluded the police since his prison escape in 2001. Forbes magazine listed Guzmán among the “World’s Most Powerful People” and estimates him as being worth more than $1 billion.
His cartel controls cocaine trafficking on the Mexican border with California and a strip of land in Mexico that borders Arizona, the Associated Press reported.
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Separately, the Mexican government announced Monday that security forces located 13 dead bodies in an abandoned truck in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, the BBC reported.
The region has seen violence between the Zetas, one of Mexico’s most violent cartels, and the Sinaloa cartel. Messages alluding to the rivalry were found in the truck with the corpses, The Department of Justice said.