(Reuters) – On Saturday April 18th, Mexican authorities confirmed the capture of a leader of the Gulf Cartel, describing him as responsible for much of the violence in the U.S. border city of Reynosa in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas.
Mexican authorities arrested José Tiburcio Hernández Fuentes ‘El Gafe’, identified as leader of the Gulf Cartel.
After his arrest in Reynosa, armed men faced federal forces and brought the city into chaos, with blockades and firefights on main streets.
Hernández worked his way up into the Gulf Cartel’s hierarchy as its leaders were imprisoned or killed.
Reynosa has been one of the most violent cities in Mexico over the past year, racked by turf wars among the Gulf Cartel and the Zetas, two drug gangs fighting for control of border smuggling routes and crime rackets.
More than 100,000 people have died in gang-related violence in Mexico over the past eight years. President Enrique Peña Nieto pledged to restore order when he took office in 2012, but although the homicide count has fallen, parts of the country remain mired in violence.
(Reporting by Anahi Rama, Writing by Alexandra Alper)
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