Mexican Federal Police officers captured the suspected leader of the Los Zetas drug cartel in the southeastern state of Quintana Roo, federal authorities said Saturday.
Thursday's arrest of 30 year old Victor Manuel Perez Izquierdo, alias "El Siete Latas",in the resort city of Cancun stemmed from investigations carried out following the capture of 10 Zetas members on May 28 in that Caribbean state, the Public Safety Secretariat said in a statement.
The suspect came upon a Federal Police checkpoint set up at the intersection of Cancun-Kantunil and Chichen Itza Avenues; when the officers motioned for the car to stop, the "visibly armed" suspect tried to speed away, the secretariat said.
The officers pursued Perez Izquierdo and captured him several blocks away in the possession of an AR-15 assault rifle, an ammunition clip, 21 rounds of ammunition, 100 packages containing cocaine and 32 with marijuana, 7 cellular phones, a scale and a bill-counting machine.
Authorities accuse Perez Izquierdo of planning kidnappings and murders of innocent civilians and members of rival drug gangs, "as well as coordinating drug sales and extortion" activities.
The suspect was taken to Mexico City and turned over to the federal Attorney General's Office's Siedo organized-crime unit.