Mexico captures alleged Sinaloa cartel lieutenant

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Associated Press

Posted on August 29, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 29 at 5:03 PM

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican police have captured an alleged former Sinaloa drug cartel lieutenant accused of involvement in the killings of more than 350 people found in various mass graves in 2011.

Federal security spokesman Eduardo Sanchez says police in the northern state of Chihuahua detained 39-year-old Mario Nunez in the border city of Ciudad Juarez. The former police officer began working with the rival Juarez Cartel before joining the Sinaloa organization led by Mexico's most-wanted man, Joaquin Guzman.

Sanchez said Thursday the suspect is behind a wave of violence in Ciudad Juarez, which is across from El Paso, Texas. The government claims Nunez's power struggle with another drug chieftain resulted in the slayings of dozens.

Nunez is wanted in the U.S. on drug-trafficking charges in a Texas federal court.

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