How a Lone, Violence-Weary Snitch Felled Mexico Boss
Inside the capture of Teodoro 'El Teo' Garcia Simental
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 22, 2013 9:03 AM CDT
Teodoro Garcia Simental, known as "El Teo," center, is guarded by federal police as he is presented to the press in Mexico City, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010.   (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)

(Newser) – In the wake of the capture of a major Mexican crime boss last week, the Los Angeles Times has the untold story of a similar bust three years ago—when savage drug kingpin Teodoro "El Teo" Garcia Simental was brought down by an insider who was just tired of the violence. The informant met with DEA agents in Mexico City, far from Garcia's home turf in Tijuana. Yes, he wanted to be paid for his information—but he also wanted to help "clean up my country," he told agents as he handed over Garcia's phone number.

Agents were quickly able to nab Garcia in a predawn raid that caught him off guard, wearing his "tighty whities," according to one agent, as balloons from his daughter's birthday party the day prior still floated around the Cabo San Lucas residence. "There were 100 guys preparing for the worst and, turns out, it was just a guy in his underwear," another agent recalled. Garcia's arrest soon slashed the once-overwhelming violence in Baja California, returning it to its former status as a tourist destination, though the Sinaloa drug cartel is believed to now have a hold there. As for the informant, "He's still alive, living happily, in that general area," says an agent.

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Jul 23, 2013 9:16 AM CDT
The real reason these cartels have so much power to abuse is money. They get that money from every person in the USA and elsewhere who partakes of their wares. As long as the "don't judge me" and the "if it feels good, do it" mentalites exist in this country; people like El Teo and the Sineloa cartel will flourish!
Jul 23, 2013 5:27 AM CDT
If a few more people stepped up this way, Mexico wouldn't be the hole it has become and the violence wouldn't be bleeding over the border. Unfortunately, from what I've seen, a lot of Mexican women seem to have bigger balls than a lot of Mexican men.
Jul 23, 2013 1:43 AM CDT
Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning were tired of it too.