Two narco kingpins in the same week
For the second time this week, Mexican National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido García has taken to the podium to announce the capture of a major drug cartel operative.
Leonor Nava Romero, alias The Tiger, was taken into custody Friday in the southwestern state of Guerrero (Acapulco), his base of operations. Nava Romero was boss of a group known as Los Rojos. He has been transported to Mexico City and turned over to the Organized Crime Strike Force (SEIDO), to be questioned by federal prosecutors.
Los Rojos developed out of a schism within the Cártel de los Beltrán Leyva, according to analysts. But the government claims Nava Romero remained a business associate of Héctor Beltrán Leyva, a powerful drug lord who rose to command that cartel after its founder, his brother Arturo Beltrán Leyva, was killed by Mexican marines in a Cuernavaca firefight in December 2009. The U.S. State Dept. has offered $5 million dollars for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Héctor, while Mexico put over $2 million dollars on the table. He is among the highest ranking cartel capos still at large.
Los Rojos is said to be a major producer of opium poppy in Guerrero and central Mexico. Ambush of Mexican army leaves 11 dead near Acapulco. Nava Romero, 45, supervised all narcotics shipments to the United States, according to Mexico's Attorney General.
Like most Mexican drug cartels, Los Rojos also focused on extortion and kidnapping for ransom.
Mexico's Federal Police carried out Friday's arrest of Nava Romero.
May 16 - Mexico announces capture of another top Zeta, Z-16, in Monterrey
May 20 - Los Zetas boss of Ciudad Victoria captured by Mexican troops, government reports
May 25 - Mexican security forces capture Gulf Cartel kingpin
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