Mexico Cartel Security Chief Captured

The head of security for one of the World’s Most Wanted men, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, head of the Sinaloa drug cartel, has been captured, The Mexican army have announced. Felipe Cabrera Sarabia also known as “El Inge” (the engineer), was captured in the Sinaloa state capital of Culiacán and will be presented to the media on Monday morning, the army said.

Guzmán, Mexico’s top drug lord, is one of the world’s richest men, and has eluded authorities by moving around and hiding since his 2001 escape from prison in a laundry truck.

The army said the man they had arrested also ran cartel activities in Durango and southern Chihuahua state, and was responsible for carrying out secret burials of cartel victims, kidnapping, extortion and arson. They did not say if the arrest moved the military closer to capturing Guzmán, an arrest that would be seen as a major victory for the government of President Felipe Calderón.

Guzmán is worth more than $1 billion, according to Forbes magazine, which has listed him among the “World’s Most Powerful People.” He has a $7 million bounty on his head, and thousands of law enforcement agents from the US and other countries working on capturing him.

His cartel controls cocaine trafficking on the Mexican border with California and has moved eastward to the corridor between the Mexican state of Sonora, which borders Arizona.

 

Source: The Telegraph

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Italian Mafia Boss Nabbed in Bunker

Police on Wednesday captured one of Italy’s most-wanted fugitive mobsters, arresting the last major boss of one of Italy’s bloodiest mafia clans. Michele Zagaria, on the run since 1995, was found in an underground bunker in Casapesenna, in his hometown province of Caserta in southern Italy, the headquarters of the Casalesi clan of the Neapolitan Camorra.

Anti-mafia prosecutor Piero Grasso said it was likely Zagaria had spent his years as a fugitive nearby since mob bosses “can only exercise their power if they’re in an environment that protects them. This was the nightmare: We knew he was there, but it was tough to find him, tough to get him out,” he told Sky TG24. “Finally we did.”

Investigators contend the Casalesi family runs a lucrative illegal business in transporting and disposing of toxic waste, a murky world explored in the book and film “Gomorrah.” Other moneymakers for the crime clan are rackets, extortion, drug trafficking, smuggling of illegal migrants and arms.

Last year, another top Casalesi lieutenant, Antonio Iovine, nicknamed “‘o ninno'” (dialect for “the baby”) for his youthful looks, was arrested in a major strike against the Casalesi. His arrest left Zagaria as the last big fugitive lieutenant of the charismatic convicted Camorra boss Francesco Schiavone.

Zagaria is wanted for murder, extortion, kidnapping, mafia association and other crimes.

 

Source: Yahoo! News

Image: Mirror.co.uk