jueves, 26 de junio de 2014

Mexican agents nab drug lord as he watched football

Mexican forces arrested on 23 June the "heir" to the declining Arellano Félix Cartel, as he watched a World Cup match in Juárez near the US frontier. The detained, duly identified, was named as Fernando Sánchez Arellano or The Engineer; he was found to have painted his face with Mexico's national colours while watching its match against Croatia, EFE reported. Five of Sánchez's uncles, the Arellano Félix brothers, had run the cartel before being shot or arrested. EFE observed that the cartel controlled drug trafficking into the United States through Tijuana for 20 years until 2002, when it went into decline, expending energies in internal conflicts and fighting rivals. Certain observers qualified the arrest as marking the end of this cartel, El Economista reported on 25 June. Mexican authorities also arrested that day the son of the head of another cartel, the Caballeros Templarios active in western Mexico, and one of the cartel's hitmen. Twenty-two year-old Huber Gómez Patiño, a son of the drug lord Servando Gómez Martínez, was arrested in Arteaga in Michoacán, immediately threatening the agents holding him with death if he were not released. He was found with a handgun and powder suspected to be drugs, but it was not immediately clear if he was sought for organised-crime offences. The cartel gunman, arrested as he left his car in the state capital of Michoacán, Morelia, was identified as El Niño de Oro or El Licenciado. He tried but failed to explode a hand grenade while being arrested, Spain's ABC newspaper and EFE reported.