Photo: Jose Ines Medina Rodriguez (left)
A Gulf drug cartel boss was arrested and six people died in drug-related violence in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, a state security council official told Efe.
Jose Ines Medina Rodriguez was detained early Saturday in the city of Cadereyta, the Nuevo Leon Public Safety Secretariat said.
The 36-year-old suspect ran the cartel’s operations in Juarez, a city in the eastern section of the Monterrey metropolitan area, the secretariat said.
Medina Rodriguez and an associate were arrested after police spotted the cartel boss carrying a firearm as he got out of his vehicle, the secretariat said.
A man was murdered in the La Enramada section of San Nicolas, a city in the northern part of the metropolis, officials said.
The victim, who was around 30, was gunned down in a street.
Two men riding in an automobile were chased by gunmen around 2:00 a.m. Saturday and shot in San Nicolas’s La Estancia neighborhood.
One of the men was pronounced dead at the scene and the other died while being treated at a hospital in San Nicolas.
The body of a man was found in a street in Escobedo, a city northwest of Monterrey, the capital of Nuevo Leon.
The unidentified man had been bound and killed execution-style, with a message left alongside the body, officials said.
Two bodies were found in Apocada, a city northeast of Monterrey.
The bodies, one of which was dismembered, were dumped in two parks near the La Noria and Huinala neighborhoods.
The Gulf cartel has been battling Los Zetas for control of Nuevo Leon and smuggling routes into the United States.
Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, known as “El Lazca,” deserted from the Mexican army in 1999 and formed Los Zetas with three other soldiers, all members of an elite special operations unit, becoming the armed wing of the Gulf drug cartel.
After several years on the payroll of the Gulf cartel, Los Zetas, considered Mexico’s most violent criminal organization, went into the drug business on their own account and now control several lucrative territories.
The wave of drug-related violence in Nuevo Leon claimed the lives of 2,003 people in 2011, official figures show.