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Mexico Announces Arrest of 2 Leaders of Top Drug Cartel

The Arellano Felix syndicate, already reeling from the capture or death of other chiefs, is now ‘in ruins,’ a U.S. official says. The Mexican attorney general Monday announced the capture in Tijuana of two leaders of the Arellano Felix drug cartel and said the weakened syndicate faced stiff competition from other mafias for the smuggling corridor it previously monopolized along the nation’s border with California. Once thought to control one-quarter of the cocaine entering the United States, the so-called Tijuana cartel was crippled by the arrest of kingpin Benjamin Arellano Felix in March 2002, the shooting death by police of his brother Ramon the month before and the capture of several high-level functionaries. Full Story

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