In the news recently, a large group of bodies, seventy-two to be exact, were found on a ranch in Tamaulipas, Mexico in August 2010. Officials are pretty sure they are tied to some kind of drug ring. Mexico has had a long run with violence and brutality due to the drug trade, if you will.
According to the Associated Press, Mexican authorities have caught an alleged leader
of one of the drug cartels in Mexico. Sergio Villereal, nicknamed “El Grande” (meaning the big one), a member of the Most Wanted list, was caught in Puebla Mexico during a police raid.
The cartel Villereal is allegedly head of is called the Beltran Leyva. Arturo Beltran Leyva, who is now dead, was obviously the first leader of this cartel. He was killed in a raid in 2009.
Villereal did “not put up any resistance” when arrested by authorities. Marines, a helicopter and five vehicles were involved in this raid and take down of a higher-up (and two accomplices) in this Beltran Leyva cartel.
It has been war-like between soldiers, citizens and drug cartels in Mexico. There have been claims that soldiers have killed innocent people trying to get to these drug cartels through their friends and family.
Sergio Villereal’s arrest is a huge “blow” for drug cartel’s in Mexico, however, is it enough to curb the violence? Time will tell.