Mexico police capture top Tijuana hitman

Reuters:

Mexico captured a high-ranking Tijuana drug cartel hitman on Saturday, a source at the local state attorney general's office said, the second big arrest to hit the organization in five days.

Saul Montes, known as "El Ciego" (the blind guy), was arrested by federal police along with an associate at a car race where he was due to be driving, a high-level source at the Baja California state attorney general's office told Reuters.

Montes is suspected of being a top hitman at the powerful cartel, also known as the Arellano Felix Organization and known for its gruesome torture and execution methods.

Police had been tracking him for five months and got a breakthrough this week when they dismantled a kidnapping ring whose leaders said they reported to Montes, Moreno said.

The capture came after police arrested another senior Tijuana cartel operative, Gustavo Rivera Martinez, on Tuesday and the government said it would extradite him to the United States to face drug charges there.

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The arrest appear to be having a cascading effect on the cartel. It will be interesting to see if the decapitation of cartel leadership will effect its ability to operate. It will take relentless police work to destroy these embedded corrupt organizations.

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