Mexico detains brother of slain alleged drug boss

Mexican forces have detained the brother of a allegedly powerful drug boss killed two weeks ago in a movie-like raid, the security ministry said on Saturday.

Mexico detains brother of slain alleged drug boss

Mexican forces have detained the brother of a allegedly powerful drug boss killed two weeks ago in a movie-like raid, the security ministry said on Saturday.

Carlos Beltran Leyva, 40, was detained in the northern state of Sinaloa on Wednesday but the ministry gave no details as to why the announcement was made three days later.

Beltran Leyva is one of five brothers who allegedly ran one of Mexico's most powerful drug organizations, notorious for their grisly killings and for moving big shipments of marijuana and cocaine into the United States.

A source from the ministry told Reuters that Beltran Leyva had been transported to Mexico City.

His brother Arturo was killed in a navy-led operation on Dec. 17 in central Mexico. Another member of the drug family, Alfredo, was captured and jailed in 2008.

Despite the deployment of 49,000 troops across Mexico, broad daylight shootings are common and killings by drug gangs sore to an unprecedented 7,000 last year alone.


Reuters

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