MEXICO CITY – The leader of a gang allegedly responsible for scores of killings in Mexico’s violent Ciudad Juárez was arrested and confessed to having killed two people linked to a U.S. consulate earlier this year, authorities said.
Police believe Arturo Gallegos Castrellón, 32, known as “El Farmero,” was behind roughly 80% of the killings in Ciudad Juárez in the past 16 months. He was arrested on Nov. 27.
Police said he confessed to the March murders of three people with ties to the U.S. consulate in Ciudad Juárez. He also confessed to having ordered an attack on a party that resulted in 14 deaths, police said.
He was arrested in an operation to capture members of the Aztecas gang, linked to the Juárez drug cartel.
Ciudad Juárez has suffered from more than 2,500 drug-related killings so far this year, authorities said.
[CNN (Mexico), 29/11/2010; El Universal (Mexico), 29/11/2010]