MEXICO CITY, Mexico – One of the suspected bosses of the Los Zetas drug cartel in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas was arrested over the weekend, the state government said.
Roman Ricardo Palomo Rincones was detained in an operation staged on Saturday by members of the Tamaulipas Coordination Group.
Security forces members assigned to the unit, which is made up of federal and state personnel, rescued eight people being held captive and arrested four suspected kidnappers, the state government said in a statement.
Palomo Rincones, known as "El Coyote," and the other suspects were arrested at a house in Santa Regina, a subdivision on the highway that links Ciudad Victoria, the capital of Tamaulipas, and Matamoros.
The other suspects have been identified as Jose Eder Ruiz Valero, 27, Lorenzo Reyes Requena, 18, and Juan Francisco Robles Martinez, 34, state officials said.
The 43-year-old Palomo Rincones is one of the most dangerous Zetas members on the federal government's most-wanted list and is the subject of a reward of 10 million pesos ($765,975), press reports said.
After several years on the payroll of the Gulf cartel, Los Zetas, considered Mexico's most violent criminal organization, went into the drug business on their own account and now control several lucrative territories.