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Presumed Mexican drug cartel operator arrested

Presumed Mexican drug cartel operator arrested
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Monday, September 13, 2010 - 3:01am

Mexican marines arrest presumed cartel operator\

By E. EDUARDO CASTILLO
Associated Press Writer

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexican marines have arrested Sergio Villarreal Barragan, a presumed leader of the Beltran Leyva cartel who appears on the country's list of most-wanted drug traffickers.

An official in Mexico's Navy tells The Associated Press that Barragan, alias "El Grande," was captured in the state of Puebla.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with department policy.

Barragan appears on a 2009 Attorney General's Office list of Mexico's most-wanted drug traffickers and has a roughly $2 million reward for his capture.

He is listed as one of the top leaders of the Beltran Leyva cartel.

Barragan's capture comes two weeks after the arrest of Edgar Valdez Villarreal, or "The Barbie," another alleged capo linked to the Beltran Leyvas.

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