MEXICO CITY — Mexican federal police arrested yesterday the alleged second-in-command of the powerful Jalisco New Generation drug cartel as he was drinking and playing football with three henchmen, authorities said.
Ivan Cazarin Molina, 31, was detained in the town of Tlajomulco de Zuniga, in the western state of Jalisco, "without a shot fired" after a six-month investigation, federal police chief Enrique Galindo said at a news conference.
The suspect, who also goes by the name Victor Hugo Delgado Renteria, is accused of being the "second in the structure" of the cartel led by Nemesio Oseguera, alias "El Mencho", Galindo said.
Authorities arrested Oseguera's son, Ruben Oseguera Gonzalez, "El Menchito", in June. At the time, he had been identified as the cartel's number two.
Cazarin Molina is under investigation for drug trafficking, kidnapping, fuel theft and murder.
He is also being investigated over a rocket-propelled grenade attack that brought down a military helicopter in Jalisco on May 1, killing eight troops and police, Galindo said.
The cartel is considered one of the biggest and most dangerous in Mexico, killing some 30 police and troops since March.
Federal police killed 42 suspected cartel members on a ranch in the neighbouring state of Michoacan on May 22.
The gang emerged in 2010 after the regional leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel, Mexico's biggest criminal group, died.
It has grown powerful since then, with US authorities saying the Jalisco New Generation cartel had links to gangs as far afield as Asia. — AFP