Mexico announces arrests of senior cartel members

WMI | 24 February 2012

PACHUCA, Mexico — Authorities say they have arrested a cousin of the leader of the feared Zetas drug cartel and the local chief of another gang.

Humberto Canales Lazcano, aka “El Chivo,” was arrested in an operation early Feb. 23 in the central state of Hidalgo along with 12 other men accused of being Zetas hitmen, State Public Safety Secretary Damián Canales told reporters.

He said Lazcano is considered the leader of the Zetas in the state.

The Zetas are believed to be behind the bludgeoning of 44 inmates in a weekend prison riot that screened the escape of 30 gang members.

The Mexican navy, meanwhile, announced that a local leader of the Jalisco New Generation cartel was arrested in the eastern state of Veracruz last week.

[AFP, 24/02/2012; Eluniversal.com.mx (Mexico), 24/02/2012]

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