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Mexican government nabs top drug dealer

MEXICO has caught one of its most wanted drug suspects, Vicente Carrillo Leyva, who allegedly was the second in command of the powerful Juarez cartel, the Attorney General's Office said yesterday.

Federal police said Carrillo Leyva, 32, was caught while he was exercising in a park in a posh Mexico City neighborhood early on Wednesday.

Carrillo Leyva is the son of drug kingpin Amado Carrillo Fuentes, who was one of Mexico's most important drug traffickers before he died during plastic surgery to change his appearance in 1997.

Amado Carrillo Fuentes was nicknamed "the Lord of the Skies" because of his success in sending planeloads of cocaine to the United States.

After his death, Amado's brother Vicente took over the cartel and Amado's son Vicente Carrillo Leyva became second-in-command, the Attorney General's Office said.

Officials paraded Carrillo Leyva, wearing glasses and a track suit, in front of the press early yesterday.

A week ago the Attorney General's Office had named Carrillo Leyva as one of the country's most-wanted narcotics suspects and offered a reward of 30 million pesos (US$2.2 million) for his capture.

Soldiers last week arrested another top suspect, Hector Huerta, who was accused of controlling the flow of drugs through the northern city of Monterrey for the powerful Beltran-Leyva cartel.

US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Attorney General Eric Holder were meeting with Mexican Attorney General Eduardo Medina-Mora and Interior Minister Fernando Gomez-Mont in Cuernavaca yesterday to discuss smuggling across the border.


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