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Mexico captures drug capo near Texas border

Mexico captures leader of Gulf cartel faction near Texas border

Mexico captures drug capo near Texas border

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican soldiers have captured the leader of a Gulf cartel faction in the northern border city of Matamoros.

Tamaulipas state's coordinating group said in a statement Friday that Angel Eduardo Prado Rodriguez, alias "Ciclon 7," was captured by soldiers before dawn on Friday.

The statement said Prado Rodriguez was the last of 15 priority targets under the state's security plan.

Prado Rodriguez allegedly led the Ciclones, or Cyclones, faction of the Gulf cartel. He had been locked in a violent power struggle with the so-called Metros faction of Reynosa.

The Gulf cartel has fragmented into various competing factions in recent years, but together they control much of the drug and human trafficking along the border with southernmost Texas.

Updated : 2021-09-19 06:25 GMT+08:00