NYT – Mexican Police Arrest Leader of Crime Gang


“Six months after killing the leader of La Familia Michoacana, one of the country’s most ruthless criminal gangs, Mexican police officials said Tuesday that they had arrested his successor,” – José de Jesús Méndez Vargas, known as “el Chango” –  “hoping to deliver a blow to the group and bolster public support for the war on organized crime.”

“Going after kingpins — 21 of the 37 top drug lords have been captured or killed since 2009 — has become central to the government’s strategy and a public selling point that it is winning the war on organized crime. But some experts contend that violence has only grown worse, in part because of the power vacuum left by the departed chiefs.”


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