Cops catch top Mexican drug runner

2012-01-14 08:00

Mexico City - Police have captured the man who allegedly ran the Zetas drug gang in three northern Mexican states and who is suspected in the killing of a US immigration agent, authorities announced on Friday.

Soldiers and local police captured Luis Jesus Sarabia in Garcia, a town in the northern state of Nuevo Leon, said Army spokesperson General Ricardo Trevilla.

Trevilla said Sarabia is a confidant of top Zeta leader Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano and Miguel Angel Trevino and was in charge of operations in the states of Coahuila, Aguascalientes and San Luis Potosi, Trevilla said.

Gunmen in February attacked US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila as they drove on a highway in San Luis Potosi. Zapata was killed and Avila injured.

Trevilla said Sarabia was captured on Wednesday without a shot fired. Sarabia, whose face was bruised and body shaking, was shown to the media Friday along with another man detained with him.

He is suspected in at least 50 killings, most involving members of a rival cartel.