Mexican police arrest leading gangsters

12:46, November 18, 2010      

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Mexican Police presents alleged kidnapper Cesar Reyes Vargas (C) in Mexico City, Mexico's capital, on Nov. 17, 2010. Reyes Vargas, the alleged leader of a kidnapping gang was arrested Wednesday along with four gang members in an operation implemented by Mexico's Federal Police during which a businessman that had bean held captive for six days was rescued. (Xinhua/Jorge Dan Lopez)

Mexican police arrested two leading gangsters and two more junior criminals in two separate incidents on Wednesday, the Public Security Ministry (SSP) reported.

In the first incident Edgar Camacho Mendoza, a senior figure in illegal drug smuggling organization the Sinaloa Cartel, and two associates.

Camacho's Monday arrest is the follow up to the Nov. 4 arrest of eight more junior cartel members at the start of the month. Camacho was part of the cartel's Gente Nueva unit, which carries out murders in northern Mexican state Chihuahua.

Figures published in the nation's press show that Chihuahua is home to around 3 percent of the nation's population, but around 40 percent of Mexico's murders. The state's largest city, Ciudad Juarez, is suffering a war for control between the Sinaloa cartel and similar rival groups from north-western Mexico.

Camacho was arrested while driving a Mitsubishi Lancer on the highway linking Chihuahua City to Ciudad Cuauhtehmoc, a smaller town in the same state. When stopped on the road, Camacho shot at officers with a rifle and tried to flee on foot. He was quickly caught by federal police.

The SSP says Camacho lead a team that committed murders, extortion and stole vehicles. He was wanted for two separate counts of murder.

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