Date
19 August 2017
Vicente Carrillo Fuentes had a US$5 million reward on his head from US authorities and US$2.2 million in Mexico. Photo: ABC News
Vicente Carrillo Fuentes had a US$5 million reward on his head from US authorities and US$2.2 million in Mexico. Photo: ABC News

Mexican drug cartel leader arrested

The alleged leader of a Mexican drug cartel has been arrested in the northern city of Torreon, the Associated Press reported on Thursday, citing two officials.

Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, 51, heads the Juarez drug cartel. He had a US$5 million reward on his head from US authorities and US$2.2 million in Mexico. 

Better known as “The Viceroy” or “The General”, Carrillo Fuentes took over control of the Juarez drug cartel after his brother Amado died in 1997 in a botched cosmetic surgery, according to the news agency. Like many of the top drug lords, he was from Sinaloa state.

It was the second capture of a major drug lord in as many weeks. Mexican authorities arrested Hector Beltran Leyva in a seafood restaurant in central Mexico on Oct. 1. 

Mexico’s federal government is under international pressure over the recent disappearance of 43 students following a clash with police and a possible massacre of 22 suspected gang members by soldiers, the report said.

Carrillo Fuentes faces a 46-count indictment in Texas, charging him with, among other things, trafficking in cocaine and marijuana, money laundering and murder in furtherance of a continuing criminal enterprise, according to the US State Department.

– Contact us at [email protected]

CG

EJI Weekly Newsletter

Please click here to unsubscribe