The Mexican navy has captured the likely "leader of a criminal organization" in the northern border state of Tamaulipas. Authorities have upped the pressure on cartels as violence escalates across the country.
On Monday, Mexican marines arrested Jose Alfredo Cardenas, better known as "the Accountant" of the Gulf cartel, in the northern border state of Tamaulipas.
The navy announced the arrest, saying marines had captured the suspect in Matamoros, a city that lies across the border from Brownsville, Texas.
Tamaulipas has witnessed a sharp rise in drug-related violence since 2014. That year, a group calling itself the Cartel of the Northeast fought against the Zetas — the cartel it broke off from — and the Gulf organization.
According to the State Department, Valencia is "responsible for the importation of thousands of kilograms of cocaine and methamphetamine" to the US annually.
"The Zetas, under the command of Guizar Valencia, have murdered an untold number of Guatemalan civilians during the systematic overtake of the Guatemalan border region with Mexico," the State Department reported.