Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Mexican drug kingpin nabbed

This is the guy who built all the drug-running tunnels that spannned the US-Mexican border.

Arellano-Felix, 37, was captured by Drug Enforcement Administration agents and the U.S. Coast Guard on Monday while he was deep-sea fishing about 15 miles off the coast of Mexico's Baja California peninsula, said Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty.

Arellano-Felix is wanted in both the United States and Mexico for his role as a leader in the violent and sophisticated Tijuana-based Arellano-Felix gang, which includes seven brothers and four sisters from the Arellano family.

McNulty said the gang was blamed for 20 murders in the United States and Mexico.

[...] Federal agents began preparing for the operation 14 months ago after learning that Arellano-Felix was planning to go fishing aboard the vessel off La Paz, Mexico, the law enforcement official said. They enlisted the help of the Coast Guard in mounting the operation.

Another massive operation in place that no one had any clue about lands another big fish. The Brits break up a terrorist plot and we nail a drug lord and two of his suspected assassins. How bad a guy was this guy? Javier Arellano-Felix was named in a federal indictment that was unsealed more than 3 years ago and he was charged with conspiring to assassinate Roman Catholic Cardinal Juan Posadas Ocampo in Mexico City in 1993.

Isn't there a specific ring of hell dedicated to guys who try to kill priests?