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Mexico’s top drug cartel leader Victor Hugo Delgado Renteria (file photo).

Mexico’s top drug cartel leader Victor Hugo Delgado Renteria (file photo).

Mexican authorities have announced the detention of a prominent leader of a drug trafficking organization, Nueva Generacion, in the western state of Jalisco. In a Saturday statement, Mexican Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam said the suspect known as Victor Hugo Delgado Renteria was captured over a week ago. Delgado Renteria was reportedly captured during a military operation in Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco, home to Nueva Generacion cartels. Two other people, said to be members of the drug trafficking organization, were also arrested during the operation. This comes after Mexican officials issued a statement on Monday saying that they had captured a senior leader of the country’s notorious Zetas drug cartel, Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, in a raid near the US border. Following the arrest, government spokesman Eduardo Sanchez said that the 40-year-old man, known as "Zeta-40," was captured outside Nuevo Laredo by naval forces. The Zetas members are involved in multi-billion-dollar cross-border drug trade, extortion, kidnapping and other criminal businesses. They have also been engaged in the murder of hundreds of people whose bodies have been frequently found in mass graves as well as the massacre of 72 migrant workers in Tamaulipas on August 24, 2010. In 2012, Mexican naval forces captured another top Zetas drug cartel leader, Salvador Alfonso Martinez Escobedo, known as "The Squirrel.” The man was linked to the escape of 151 inmates in 2010 from a jail in the city of Nuevo Laredo. More than 70,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence in Mexico since former President Felipe Calderon launched an offensive against Mexico’s drug cartels in December 2006. Current Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has vowed to reduce crime as he continues the campaign against drug cartels. MAM/PR
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