Police arrest 3 men wanted for over 200 murders in Mexico

Mexico City, Dec 10 (EFE).- Three members of a criminal organization were arrested by the Federal Police in the western state of Jalisco in connection with more than 200 murders, as well as kidnappings and extortion, the Mexican National Security Commission said Tuesday.

Felipe Viveros Garcia, 30, Jose Bernabe Lopez Alcaraz, 43, and Froylan Barrera Morales, 40, allegedly committed "the crimes of criminal conspiracy, kidnapping, extortion, murder and arms trafficking and possession," the commission said in a statement.

The suspects' arrests, which were carried out in a joint operation with the Attorney General's Office, were the result of an investigation by the Federal Police in the cities of Tomatlan and Zapopan, the commission said without providing the date of the arrests.

Viveros Garcia ordered and participated in more than 200 killings of kidnapping victims, members of rival gangs and drug dealers in different cities in Jalisco and the southern state of Guerrero, investigators said.

The suspect has been "linked to at least 10 documented kidnapping cases" and extortion rackets targeting "different authorities in the state of Jalisco," the commission said.

Lopez Alcaraz and Barrera Morales allegedly led gangs that monitored the activities of the authorities, provided security to members of the criminal organization and managed communications gear, the National Security Commission said.

Kidnapping victims "were sometimes subjected to long periods of captivity at camps set up as safe houses," the commission said.