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.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Guatemala arrests senior Mexican drug hitman

By Herbert Hernandez

REUTERS

7:49 p.m. April 15, 2008

GUATEMALA CITYGuatemala said Tuesday it had captured a senior member of Mexico's powerful Gulf drug cartel, the latest sign that Mexican gangs are seeking control of Central American smuggling routes.

Daniel Perez, know as “Cheeks” and who is wanted in the United States, is believed to be the second in command of the Gulf cartel's vicious armed wing, the Zetas, who are fighting a gruesome turf war in Mexico with rival cartels.

Guatemala's interior ministry said Perez, a former elite Mexican soldier who helped found the Zetas in the late 1990s, was arrested last week in Guatemala City, accused of involvement in a shootout in March in southern Guatemala in which 11 people were killed.

The ministry said it called on the Mexican attorney general's office to identify Perez, who according to local media was posing as a Guatemalan car salesman.

Perez's arrest follows the seizure last week of over a ton of cocaine in Guatemala attributed to the Gulf cartel.

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