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Marines detain alleged drug cartel leader

MEXICO CITY — The Mexican navy says it has detained a top leader of the Gulf drug cartel.

Navy spokesman Jose Luis Vergara said marines took Mario Cardenas Guillen into custody Tuesday in the northern city of Altamira.

Mr. Vergara said Mr. Cardenas Guillen is the brother of Osiel Cardenas Guillen, who led the cartel until he was detained in 2003.

Osiel Cardenas Guillen was extradited in 2007 to the U.S. and sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Marines killed another brother, Antonio Ezequiel Cardenas Guillen, in 2010 in the city of Matamoros. At the time, authorities said Antonio Ezequiel Cardenas Guillen and Jorge Eduardo Costilla were the cartel’s top leaders.

Mr. Vergara said that after Antonio Ezequiel’s death, the Gulf cartel divided into two groups, one led by his brother Mario and the other by Mr. Costilla.

CHINA

Ex-police chief charged in political scandal

BEIJING — A former police chief whose flight to a U.S. consulate set off China’s biggest political scandal in years has been charged with crimes including defection and bribe taking, possibly indicating the turbulent affair is moving closer to a resolution before a key national leadership transition this fall.

Wednesday evening’s announcement by state media of the charges against Wang Lijun came hours before Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton ended a brief visit to Beijing, and it was likely timed to convey to Washington that China’s government is in full control and would strongly object to any foreign involvement in its internal politics.

Mr. Wang, the former police chief and vice mayor of the southwestern city of Chongqing, also was charged with “bending the law for selfish ends” and abuse of power, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

Mr. Wang set off the scandal by fleeing to the U.S. consulate in the nearby city of Chengdu in early February after being summarily demoted by the city’s powerful Communist Party boss, Bo Xilai.

Xinhua said the charges were brought by prosecutors in Chengdu, indicating that is where the trial will be held.

During his overnight stay at the U.S. consulate, Mr. Wang expressed to the Americans his concerns about the death of British businessman Neil Heywood in Chongqing in November. That prompted the British Embassy to request a new investigation, which uncovered that he had been murdered.

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