MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican prosecutors said Tuesday they have caught a leading opium trafficker for the Sinaloa cartel in the southern state of Guerrero.
The Attorney General’s Office said Vicente Carrillo Salmeron is suspected in the killings of law enforcement officers and a local politician.
Prosecutors alleged Carrillo Salmeron oversaw the growing and trafficking of marijuana and the trafficking of opium and weapons. They called him “one of the main causes of violence” in the region.
Guerrero has been hit by drug gang turf battles.
Investigative police said Carrillo Salmeron was arrested along with his bodyguard in the resort city of Acapulco on Saturday in possession of guns, cocaine and methamphetamines.
His gang was apparently linked to the April 25 shooting death of local politician whose name was not provided.