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Mexican forces arrest top Juarez cartel member considered one of the 122 most wanted criminals in the country

December 3, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican forces arrest top Juarez cartel member considered one of the 122 most wanted criminals in the country

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Mexican authorites have captured a suspected Juarez cartel member who is one of the most-wanted criminals in Mexico, was arrested in the northern city of Chihuahua, officials said.

Arturo Vazquez Terraza is listed as number 96 out of 122 priority objectives in organized crime, who presumably participated in drug trafficking,” National Security Commissioner Renato Sales said in a press conference.

The suspect coordinated “the containment of rival groups that tried to enter the border region between the states of Chihuahua, Durango and Sinaloa,” Sales said.

Vazquez Terrazas is suspected of running the cartel’s operations in the cities of Casas Grandes, Galeana, Ignacio Zaragoza, Gomez Farias and Madera, all located in Chihuahua, as well as staging several shootouts in that state.

The suspected Juarez cartel member was arrested in an operation staged by army troops and the Federal Police on Monday, Sales said, adding that no shots were fired.

Vazquez Terrazas was the subject of an arrest warrant issued by the Attorney General’s Office.

The 24-year-old Vazquez Terrazas was being investigated for his role in the organized crime syndicate, the national security commissioner said.

The suspect was carrying a fragmentation grenade and false identification in the name of Gerardo Estrada Rascon, Sales said.

Vazquez Terrazas was turned over to federal prosecutors and taken to the SEIDO organized crime unit of the AG’s office in Mexico City.

Chihuahua state has been plagued by drug-related violence for years, with the Juarez cartel fighting its rivals for control of smuggling routes into the United States.

The Sinaloa drug cartel, which is led by Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman, also operates in the border state.

Guzman, Mexico’s most-wanted man, escaped from a maximum-security prison on July 11. EFE

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