Mexican police said on Friday they captured a suspected drug kingpin from the Gulf drug cartel during what authorities believe was his own birthday party in a city along the U.S.-Mexican border.
Elements of the Federal Police captured Gilberto Barragan Balderas, aka "Heriberto" or "El Tocayo", the alleged head of the Gulf cartel in Miguel Aleman, Tamaulipas.
Barragan Balderas is on the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency(DEA) 10 ten most wanted list, with a reward of five million dollars to anyone who offered information leading to his capture.
At a press conference, Ramón Eduardo Pequeño, head of the Drug Enforcement Division of the Federal Police, reported that Barragán Balderas was captured in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, along with two other people.
Gilberto Barragan Balderas, 41, is a top lieutenant in the Gulf cartel and was reportedly the coordinator responsible for enforcement of Gulf Cartel “law” when Los Zetas were still the cartel’s enforcement arm.
In his position el Tocayo, among other duties, defended his "plaza" from the Zetas, ordered and oversaw executions, kidnappings, disappearances and tortures.
Also arrested were Romeo Eduardo Mejía, brother of Juan Reyes Mejía, R1, lieutenant and chief assassin of the Gulf Cartel, and Sergio Gutierrez Castanon.
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Sources: Milenio http://www.milenio.com/node/723924
El Universal: http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/notas/767031.html
Borderland Beat: Pinche Mamito: http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2011/02/pinche-mamito.html