Mexico detains key leader in Gulf Cartel

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by The Associated Press

The Associated Press

Posted on August 17, 2013 at 7:17 PM

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican authorities say a key leader of the Gulf Cartel has been arrested after a major confrontation near the Texas border.

An armed forces officer says the leader has been taken to Mexico City.

The officer, who was not authorized to speak to the press, would not name the person arrested Saturday. Mexican media reported that it is Mario Armando Ramirez Trevino, leader of the Gulf Cartel in Reynosa, who is responsible for much of the violence in the border city across from McAllen, Texas.

Tamaulipas state government spokesman Rafael Luque confirmed that there was a major operation of the Mexican army and marines about 1 p.m. local time with helicopters in the town of Rio Bravo. He could not confirm if anyone was killed, injured or detained.

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