A Sinaloa cartel boss wanted in the United States in connection with the deaths of 11 migrants in 2009 was arrested by the Federal Police, the Mexican Public Safety Secretariat said.
Fidel Mancinas Franco, who ran the cartel’s operations in the northern border state of Sonora, was detained on Saturday, the secretariat said.
The suspect was captured by the Federal Police on a highway outside Cananea, a city in Sonora, and taken to Mexico City.
Mancinas Franco is the subject of an arrest warrant on people trafficking charges and faces extradition to the United States for the deaths of the migrants in two automobile accidents.
He ran the Sinaloa cartel’s operations in the cities of Nogales, Agua Prieta, Naco and Cananea, all located in Sonora, officials said.
'Chapo' Aide Killed in Gunfight
The Mexican security forces have arrested 11 alleged members of the country's most powerful drug gang, the Sinaloa cartel.
They said those detained worked for Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman, the most wanted man in Mexico.
They were arrested during a helicopter raid on a ranch in the north-western state of Durango on Friday.
During the raid, elite troops killed the regional leader of the gang, Luis Alberto Cabrera Sarabia.
Members of a Mexican army special forces unit fatally shot a high-ranking aide to the country's most-wanted drug dealer in a gunfight in the northern state of Durango, officials said Monday.
Cabrera Sarabia was responsible for the operations of Guzman's Sinaloa Cartel in Durango and part of the neighboring state of Chihuahua, army spokesman Gen. Ricardo Trevilla said.
The army says Sarabia is know as "The Architect," and was named to the role after the December arrest of his brother Felipe Cabrera Sarabia, or "The Engineer."
Sinaloa gunmen traded fire with troops during the operation to arrest Luis Cabrera Sarabia on Friday. One of the gunmen was slain and 11 others were captured. Four soldiers were hurt in the gunfight.
The Sinaloa organization, sometimes referred to by officials as the Pacific cartel, is the oldest drug cartel in Mexico and is led by Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman.
Guzman, considered extremely violent, is one of the most-wanted criminals in Mexico and the United States, where the Drug Enforcement Administration is offering a reward of $5 million for him.
Forbes magazine estimates that Guzman has a fortune of more than $1 billion, making him one of the richest people in the world.
The Sinaloa cartel, according to intelligence agencies, is a transnational business empire that operates in the United States, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, the Americas and Asia.
Guzman, who was born in 1957 in La Tuna, Sinaloa, was arrested in Guatemala in 1993 and pulled off a Hollywood-style jailbreak when he escaped from the Puente Grande maximum-security prison in the western state of Jalisco on Jan. 19, 2001.
Source: EFE, The Associated Press