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Mexican army captures 44 Caballeros Templarios cartel members

Morelia, Mexico, Apr 22 (EFE).- Army troops captured 44 suspected members of the Caballeros Templarios drug cartel following a shootout between the criminals and vigilantes in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, federal officials said. Four people were wounded in the shootout, but officials did not say whether they were vigilantes or cartel members.

Mexican army captures 44 Caballeros Templarios cartel members

Morelia, Mexico, Apr 22 (EFE).- Army troops captured 44 suspected members of the Caballeros Templarios drug cartel following a shootout between the criminals and vigilantes in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, federal officials said. Four people were wounded in the shootout, but officials did not say whether they were vigilantes or cartel members.

Police arrest a Beltran Leyva cartel boss in Mexico City

Mexico City, Apr 17 (EFE).- A man suspected of being the Beltran Leyva drug cartel's No. 2 boss was arrested by the Federal Police in Mexico City following an eight-month investigation, National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said. Arnoldo Villa Sanchez, a 40-year-old native of the southern state of Guerrero, became cartel boss Hector Beltran Leyva's security chief in 2009 and developed a reputation for his aggressiveness and use of violence, qualities that helped him quickly climb the criminal organization's ranks.

Police arrest a Beltran Leyva cartel boss in Mexico City

Mexico City, Apr 17 (EFE).- A man suspected of being the Beltran Leyva drug cartel's No. 2 boss was arrested by the Federal Police in Mexico City following an eight-month investigation, National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said. Arnoldo Villa Sanchez, a 40-year-old native of the southern state of Guerrero, became cartel boss Hector Beltran Leyva's security chief in 2009 and developed a reputation for his aggressiveness and use of violence, qualities that helped him quickly climb the criminal organization's ranks.

Life after 'Chapo': 'El Mayo' heads Sinaloa cartel

A veteran drug baron has taken over Mexico's powerful Sinaloa cartel, apparently averting a war of succession after the capture of kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, US security officials told AFP. Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada filled the void after Mexican marines backed by US intelligence arrested his longtime associate in February, the two officials said. Zambada inherited the crown even though Guzman has sons in the business, but they lack enough experience and respect within the cartel to take charge, the sources said.

Mexico captures Beltran Leyva cartel honcho

Police have arrested the deputy leader of the Beltran Leyva drug cartel in Mexico City as he visited the capital, authorities said Wednesday. Arnoldo Villa Sanchez was arrested by federal police on Tuesday, three days after he arrived to see family and associates during Holy Week, said National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido. At a news conference, Rubido described Villa, 40, as the second highest member of the criminal group headed by Hector Beltran Leyva.

Mexico state arrests mayor suspected of links to drug gang

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican prosecutors have arrested the mayor of a town in the troubled western state of Michoacán on suspicion of collaborating with a violent drug gang. The state government of Michoacán said in a statement it had detained Uriel Chavez, the mayor of Apatzingán, a city that has been a major stronghold of the Knights Templar.

Mexican mayor arrested in drug cartel bastion

The mayor of a western Mexican city once considered a drug cartel stronghold has been arrested on suspicion of forcing town councilors to pay off crime lords, authorities said. Uriel Chavez is accused of pressuring councilors to donate $1,500 of their salary to support the Knights Templar drug cartel in Apatzingan in the western state of Michoacan, the state prosecutor's office said in a statement. Chavez was arrested Tuesday on extortion charges.

Mexican mayor arrested in drug cartel stronghold

The mayor of a city seen as a drug cartel stronghold was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of pressuring town councilors to pay off drug lords, the state prosecutor's office said. Uriel Chavez is accused of pressuring town councilors to donate 1,500 dollars of their salary to support the Knights Templar carte in Apatzingan in the western state of Michoacan, the state prosecutor's statement said.

For Mexico's hottest drug balladeer, music has a cost

"El Komander" struts on stage, pours expensive whisky into a fan's mouth and sings about grenade launchers -- just another wild night for a Mexican singer who has faced bans for eulogizing drug lords. Wearing a black leather jacket and military fatigue pants, Alfredo Rios took his show to 5,500 people in Texcoco, in the state of Mexico, a region of 15 million people enduring a spike in murders this year.
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