Mexico Nabs Cartel Leader: Officials
Alleged local Zetas boss said to have ties with cartel's top commander
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Nov 9, 2012 9:00 AM CST
Confiscated money, grenades, and guns are displayed during a media presentation of another alleged leader in the Zetas cartel, Ivan Velazquez Caballero, in Mexico City,Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012.   (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

(Newser) – Mexico has arrested an alleged local leader of the violent Zetas drug cartel, which has taken control of much of Coahuila state, the country's navy says. Said Omar Juarez was captured in the state's capital, Saltillo, with weapons and what appeared to be cocaine and marijuana, the navy's statement says. Officials say Juarez likely has direct ties to overall Zetas head Miguel Angel Trevino, and hope his capture will bring them closer to Trevino.

The bust comes amid increased violence in Coahuila, the Los Angeles Times notes: Navy troops killed Trevino's predecessor, Heriberto Lazcano, in a shootout last month; commandos then stole his body. The ex-governor's son was also killed last month, reportedly by Zetas members working with police. September saw one of the biggest prison breaks ever recorded (in which inmates aided by the Zetas simply walked out the front door). Outgoing president Felipe Calderon has aimed to stem the violence by targeting cartel leaders. Now, "there are fewer leaders, but the operational capacity of the criminal groups does not seem to be weakened," says an analyst. "Organized crime is more powerful today than ever."

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Nov 10, 2012 10:09 AM CST
nbd he will buy his way out in a day or two!
Nov 9, 2012 12:27 PM CST
Oh sure, the Mexican goverment is systematically dismantling the Zeta's cartel, but barely touching the Sinaloa Cartel who is Wall Street's darling. The goverment can track a terrorist hiding in a hole thousands of miles away via satelite, they can freeze their back accounts, yet Chapo Guzman is nowhere to be found and they can't track his bank account...try CitiBank...They already "killed" the Zeta's founder Heriberto "Lazca" Lazcano..although his body magically disappeared and his next of kin's DNA is inadmissable????...More dog and pony show from the Mexican goverment and Wall Street...
Nov 9, 2012 12:00 PM CST
NEWS FLASH --- The old Zetas top drug cartel leader was caught, and the NEW Zetas top drug leader is NOW wanted. --- Anonymous said that the New Zeta drug cartel leader, was the one who told the Mexican cops where to find the old Zeta drug cartel leader. ------ REALLY