By Chris Covert
A top leader of the Los Zetas criminal organization in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas was detained following several shootouts in the border city Tuesday, according to the Secretaria de Defensa Nacional (SEDENA) website.
SEDENA is the controlling agency for the Mexican Army
Carlos Alejandro Guiterrez Escobedo AKA El Fabiruchis was detained by Mexican Army troops following Tuesday's three hour gun battle which killed six armed suspects.
You can read about the gunfight that led to the capture of Guiterrez Escobedo by clicking here
Guiterrez Escobedo has been with the Los Zetas organization since 2006 and has functioned as a security chief for the organization when the group split from their former Gulf cartel employers.
Guiterrez Escobedo has been Los Zetas' chief in the Tamaulipas municipalities of San Fernando, Abasolo, Jimenez and Mante.
Guiterrez Escobedo is the brother of Salvador Alfonso Martinez Escobedo AKA La Ardilla, the alleged mastermind of one of the worst mass murders by the drug cartels, 193 people killed between August, 2010 and April, 2011 in San Fernando municipality.
Guiterrez Escobedo was the replacement for Geraldo Guerra Valdez AKA El Guerra, who was killed in a firefight with a Mexican Army patrol two weeks ago.
You can read about the gunfight that led to the death of Guerra Valdez by clicking here
The top leader of Los Zetas in Nuevo Laredo, who is also Los Zetas' number two man, Miguel Angel Trevino Morales AKA Z40, remains at large. The detention of Trevino's security chief put Mexican security forces a step closer to dismantling the Los Zetas' prize territory, Nuevo Laredo.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com