- - Monday, June 11, 2012


MEXICO CITY — Federal police in Mexico said they have captured four top operators of a drug gang that operates in the Pacific coast resort city of Acapulco.

One of the suspects is a woman.

The gang has been fighting the local Independent Cartel of Acapulco for control of the port city since the 2010 arrest of suspected drug capo Edgar Valdez Villareal, a Texas-born man known as “La Barbie.”

The new group is known as the “Sweeper” gang or the “Devil’s Commando.”

Federal police said Monday the suspects included one man nicknamed “Santa,” who was allegedly the gang’s financial administrator.

Other suspects allegedly carried out killings, kidnappings, drug sales and extortion.


Chavez opponent kicks off campaign

CARACAS — Opposition leader Henrique Capriles marched through Venezuela’s capital over the weekend accompanied by tens of thousands of supporters in a rally to formally launch his candidacy for the presidency.

Surrounded by supporters waving red, yellow and blue Venezuelans flags, Mr. Capriles marched and jogged from a park in eastern Caracas toward the headquarters of the National Elections Council, six miles away, where he formally registered to challenge President Hugo Chavez.

Mr. Capriles has vowed to boost employment, fight crime and root out corruption, though most polls show him trailing Mr. Chavez ahead of the Oct. 7 election.

Mr. Chavez, a Socialist who is seeking a new six-year term, has accused his rival of representing the interests of the wealthy.


Searchers find bodies from helicopter crash

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