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Mexican drug lord captured during shootout in Tijuana

AFP , MEXICO CITY

Mexican police have arrested one of the alleged leaders of the notorious Arellano Felix drug trafficking cartel after a shootout in the violent city of Tijuana, an official said on Sunday.

“As a result of the intelligence work by the Federal Police and the exchange of international information, Eduardo Arellano Felix was located in a house” in the US border area of Tijuana, Mexican Deputy Secretary of Police Intelligence Facundo Rosas told reporters.

Arellano Felix, 52, alias “The Doctor,” is under indictment for drug smuggling by a California court in the US, which had offered a US$5 million reward for his capture. He is also sought by Interpol.

He is considered the No. 2 in the cartel, known to be one of Mexico’s most ruthless, after taking control in 2006 along with his nephew Luis Fernando Sanchez Arellano.

Arellano Felix fired on federal agents after being encircled and was found with a girl, aged 11, police said. The identity of the girl was being investigated, but sources close to the case suggested she was his daughter.

The Tijuana cartel, one of the four large drug mafias operating in Mexico, is blamed by the US Department of Justice for importing and distributing hundreds of tons of cocaine and marijuana in the US. It has also been blamed for the murder and torture of police officers, informants and rivals.

Mexico has been gripped by a drugs turf war in recent years.

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