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Mexico arrests top Gulf drug cartel boss
Mexican Navy officers flank Mario Cardenas Guillen, also known as "El Gordo", during his presentation to the media in the capital Mexico City on September 4, 2012.
Mexican Navy officers flank Mario Cardenas Guillen, also known as "El Gordo", during his presentation to the media in the capital Mexico City on September 4, 2012.
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Mexican authorities say they have captured a senior leader of the Gulf drug cartel in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas.


The Mexican Navy spokesman Jose Luis Vergara says marines detained Mario Cardenas Guillen, known as "El Gordo", in the city of Altamira -- situated 327 kilometers (203 miles) west of the national capital Mexico City -- on Tuesday, The Associated Press reported.

Cardenas Guillen is the brother of Osiel Cardenas Guillen, who led the Gulf drug cartel until he was detained in 2003.

He was extradited in 2007 to the United States, where he was convicted of drug trafficking plus other offenses and sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Another brother, Antonio Ezequiel Cardenas Guillen, died in a November 2010 shootout with Mexican marines in the city of Matamoros.

At the time, authorities said Antonio Ezequiel Cardenas Guillen and Jorge Eduardo Costilla were the cartel's top leaders.

After his death the cartel split in two, with one wing being run by Mario Cardenas and the other by a longtime lieutenant, Jorge Eduardo Costilla.


On September 1, police caught a prominent leader of the Gulf drug cartel, David Rosales Guzman, alias “El Comandante Diablo” (Devil Commander), in Mexico’s northern industrial city of Monterrey.

Drug violence has reportedly killed more than 50,000 people since outgoing President Felipe Calderon launched an offensive against Mexico's cartels, when he took office in December 2006.

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