Top Drug Lord on Most Wanted List, Arrested in Mexico

April 2, 2009

Alleged Mexican drug trafficker Vicente Carrillo Leyva (ChattahBox)-Mexican police scored a big coup today when it captured and arrested high-level drug cartel member, Vicente Carrillo Leyva, son of the Juarez cartel founder, one of the most violent drug gangs in Mexico. Carrillo Leyva was near the top of a “most wanted list” of 24 dangerous drug cartel members sought by Mexican authorities. The 32-year-old Leyva was quietly exercising in a public park, when he was apprehended without incident, ending the manhunt for the drug lord on an anticlimactic note.

Leyva was living under an assumed name, posing as a businessman, looking quite harmless wearing horned rimmed eye glasses. Carrillo Leyva’s father, Amado Carrillo Fuentes, was called the “Lord of the Skies” because of the copious amounts of cocaine he flew into the US. Fuentes died in 1997 from complications from plastic surgery.

Mexican authorities have been cracking down on the drug trade and corruption within police ranks, as the country has erupted this past year into horrifying drug violence, resulting in 6,000 deaths in 2008, and 72 already for 2009. Mexican police see today’s arrest of Carrillo Leyva, as evidence that their stepped up efforts to arrest drug cartel members to stop the violence in their country is working.

Felipe Calderon, Mexico’s president has deployed 30,000 soldiers to known drug areas to quell the growing violence, but policeman and drug lords continue to be killed.

The latest drug violence in the border town of Ciudad Juarez began as the Juarez drug cartel fought with another drug gang called the Alliance or the Federation and the Golden Triangle. Members of the Alliance began executing Juarez gang members, including police officials in January of this year, leaving decapitated bodies on the city streets. The Alliance cartel is thought to be led by Juan Jose Esparragoza-Moreno, also known as “El Azul,” or the “Blue One.”

Meanwhile, the Mexican drug violence is starting to spill over the border into El Paso Texas, leaving local residents terrified. Janet Napolitano, head of Homeland Security is scheduled to tour the Juarez border area next week, and meet with Mexican officials to get a first hand look at the growing violence in the region.

The Obama administration has committed more manpower to stop the growing problem of weapons and drug money smuggled across the border from Mexico. Over 20 of the drug kingpin members on Mexico’s most wanted list still remain at large.



One Response to “Top Drug Lord on Most Wanted List, Arrested in Mexico”

  1. Leyva on February 1st, 2010 5:32 pm

    Y toda via no pueden con la raza mas pesada

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