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MEXICO

Army: Ally’s arrest is blow to ‘El Chapo

MEXICO CITY — The Mexican army has announced that it had captured the head of security for Sinaloa drug cartel head Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, one of the world’s most wanted men.

Felipe Cabrera Sarabia, whose nickname is “the Engineer,” was captured in the Sinaloa state capital of Culiacan and was presented to the media Monday morning.

Guzman, Mexico’s top drug lord, is one of the world’s richest men. He has eluded authorities by moving around and hiding since his 2001 escape from prison in a laundry truck.

The army said Mr. Sarabia also ran cartel activities in Durango and southern Chihuahua state, and was responsible for carrying out secret burials of cartel victims, kidnapping, extortion and arson.

They did not say if the arrest moved the military closer to capturing Guzman, an arrest that would be seen as a major victory for the government of President Felipe Calderon.

Guzman is worth more than $1 billion, according to Forbes magazine, which has listed him among the “World’s Most Powerful People.” He has a $7 million bounty on his head, and thousands of law enforcement agents from the U.S. and other countries are working on capturing him.

His cartel controls cocaine trafficking on the Mexican border with California and has moved eastward to the corridor between the Mexican state of Sonora, which borders Arizona.

Separately, Mexican soldiers discovered 13 bodies in an abandoned truck Sunday along with a message that they were killed in a war between rival drug cartels in the eastern state of Veracruz, officials said.

The bodies were found in Tamaulipas state, a few hundred yards from its border with Veracruz, according to the Tamaulipas attorney general’s office.

The area has been the scene of bloody battles between the Gulf and Zetas cartels, and a pair of banners alluding to a rivalry were found in the truck, the statement from the attorney general’s office said.

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