Mexico Police Capture Drug Suspect
CNN reported that U.S. authorities confirmed Sunday that Mexican authorities have arrested a reputed senior member of a major Tijuana-based drug cartel after a shootout.
Eduardo Arellano-Felix was arrested Saturday at a Tijuana, Mexico, residence, Special Agent Eileen Zeidler of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said.
Zeidler said authorities received a tip on the location of Arellano-Felix. No other details have been released.
A LA Times story stated that the arrest operation involved more than 100 federal and state police officers and soldiers, according to U.S. and Mexican officials.
Arellano-Felix was one of the "last wanted members of the powerful and brutal trafficking organization."
Arellano-Felix was flown to Mexico City after his arrest, and U.S. authorities will seek his extradition.
Officials say the Arellano-Felix family inherited the Tijuana cartel from Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo in 1989 after his arrest for drug trafficking. The cartel grew into one of Mexico's most powerful organized crime groups by smuggling tons of cocaine into the United States.
Eduardo Arellano-Felix was the last remaining brother who actively participated in the cartel.
"He was the last of the brothers. This was another significant blow to what's left of the Arellano Felix organization," Zeidler said.
Today, the cartel is fractured into two sides, one side run by Eduardo Garcia Simental and another headed by Eduardo Arellano-Felix's nephew, Fernando Sanchez Arellano.
This division has lead to brutal fighting, accounting for nearly all the violence in Tijuana, according to the DEA. More than 400 people have been killed in drug-related violence in Tijuana this year.
Official believe that while Eduardo Arellano-Felix was not the head of the cartel, his nephew sought his advice.