- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 25, 2009

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexican authorities say soldiers have detained one of the nation’s 24 top drug traffickers included on a “most-wanted” list issued two days ago.

Army Gen. Luis Arturo Oliver says Hector Huerta Rios was detained Tuesday in a suburb of the northern industrial city of Monterrey. The capture was announced at a news conference Wednesday, the first day of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s two-day visit to Mexico.

Huerta Rios was among 24 alleged traffickers included on a “most-wanted” list officials published Monday, along with offers of $2 million rewards for information leading to the capture of each. It was not clear if a reward was paid in this case.

Authorities say Huerta Rios controlled Monterrey operations of the Beltran Leyva cartel.

(This version SUBS headline to correct that capture occurred 1 day after list published, sted 2 days).)

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