News From the Border

Providing the news from a different front but from a war that we must win as well! I recognize the poverty and desperate conditions that many Latinos live in. We, as the USA, have a responsibility to do as much as we can to reach out to aid and assist spiritually with the Gospel and naturally with training, technology and resources. But poverty gives no one the right to break the laws of another sovereign nation.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Member of Arellano Felix cartel arrested in San Felipe

By Sandra Dibble

UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

March 16, 2008

Mexican federal officials say they have arrested a top member of the Arellano Felix cartel in the Gulf of California fishing town of San Felipe.

He was identified as Saúl Montes de Oca, a former Baja California state police agent, and officials say he coordinated drug shipments and abductions for the criminal organization.

Montes de Oca's capture Saturday follows the arrest Tuesday in Baja California Sur of another key suspected cartel member, Gustavo Rivera Martinez. Rivera, a U.S. citizen and graduate of Bonita Vista High School, was arrested at a hot dog stand in Baja California Sur.

Montes de Oca was nicknamed El Ciego, or The Blind One, and faces charges in the United States and Mexico. He was arrested as he prepared to participate in the Baja 250 Off-Road Race, according to a top official of the Baja California Attorney General's Office, whose agents also participated in his detention.

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