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juarez cartel leader Caught: Juárez cartel leader The Viceroy.

Federal police nab Juárez cartel boss

The Viceroy was blamed for the surge in violence in 2009 in Ciudad Juárez

Another drug lord has been captured by federal authorities. One of the founders of the Juárez cartel, Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, known as “The Viceroy,” was picked up by federal security forces in Torreón, Coahuila.

As with this week’s capture of Héctor Beltrán Leyva, the arrest was made without a shot being fired.

The Juárez cartel used to be one of the major cartels in Mexico and one of the principal drug suppliers to the United States, which had placed a US $5 million reward on his head, while the federal Attorney General had offered a reward of 30 million pesos.

Carrillo, 51, has been warring with the rival Sinaloa cartel and during the last two months intelligence information had revealed contact between the Juárez organization and the Gulf Cartel, Los Zetas and Jalisco Nueva Generación in a bid to form alliances against Sinaloa.

He assumed leadership of the Juárez cartel in 1997 after the death of his brother Armado during plastic surgery to change his appearance. Armado Carrillo became known as the Lord of the Skies during the 1990s for being one of the first to use small planes to move cocaine into the U.S.

His brother is blamed for the increase in crime and violence that took place between 2009 and 2011 around Ciudad Juarez as he and the Sinaloa cartel battled for control of the area, key in transporting drugs into the U.S.

Source: El Universal (sp)

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