Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

8/19/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

One of the country's oldest drug cartel's lynchpin captured near Texas border

The leader of one of Mexico's oldest and most feared drug-running operations, the Gulf Cartel has been arrested near the border of Texas. Leader Mario Armando Ramirez Trevińo, wanted in the United States on drug charges, was taken into custody by the Mexican army.

The 51-year-old Mario Armando Ramirez Treviño was arrested Saturday morning, according to a government statement. Authorities say that he was detained in Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas, near the Texas border.

The 51-year-old Mario Armando Ramirez Treviño was arrested Saturday morning, according to a government statement. Authorities say that he was detained in Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas, near the Texas border.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

8/19/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Americas

Keywords: Mexico, the bald one, Gulf cartel, arrest, narcotics, Zetas


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Officials say his capture dealt a new blow to a decades-old enterprise. The Gulf Cartel's influence had waned in recent years with the rise of other criminal groups.

The 51-year-old Mario Armando Ramirez Trevińo was arrested Saturday morning, according to a government statement. Authorities say that he was detained in Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas, near the Texas border.


Ramirez, also known as "El Pelon," or "the Bald One," was indicted in a U.S. federal court in 2008 on drug distribution charges. The U.S. State Department has offered a reward of up to $5 million for his arrest. He's also wanted on similar charges in Mexico.


The Gulf cartel dates to the 1930s when it began as a smuggling operation. Once a formidable force in the Mexican drug business, the group is still involved in moving marijuana and cocaine to the U.S. through the border city of Matamoros, near Texas. The cartel's power has diminished in recent years with the rise of the ruthless Zetas cartel, which originally began as a paramilitary wing of the Gulf cartel.


The Gulf cartel had joined forces with the powerful Sinaloa cartel in order to push back against the Zetas, which resulted in a long and bloody turf war among the various criminal gangs.


The Gulf cartel's leadership has also been targeted. The Mexican military captured top Gulf cartel leaders Jorge Eduardo Costilla Sanchez and Mario Cardenas Guillen last September.


Cardenas' brother, Osiel Cardenas Guillen, a longtime boss of the cartel, had been arrested in 2003 and extradited to the United States in 2007. He got a 25-year sentence in a 2010 plea agreement and is suspected to be cooperating with U.S. authorities, which may have been a factor in the arrests of subsequent leaders.


Mexican President Enrique Peńa Nieto, who took office in December had promised to rethink Mexico's security strategy and reduce the violence. The recent arrest is doubtlessly being welcomed. 



---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2015
Universal:
That political responsibility may be lived at all levels as a high form of charity.
Evangelization: That, amid social inequalities, Latin American Christians may bear witness to love for the poor and contribute to a more fraternal society.



Comments


More Americas

Women, children freed from slavery in Peruvian coca operation Watch

Image of Peruvian Special Forces rescued 26 children and 13 women, some of whom had been raped and held captive for three decades, when they raided a southeastern jungle camp of the left-wing Shining Path rebel group.

By Anastasia Moloney, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Peruvian Special Forces rescued 26 children and 13 women, some of whom had been raped and held captive for three decades, when they raided a southeastern jungle camp of the left-wing Shining Path rebel group. BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - "Many of these ... continue reading


U.S. and Cuba reopen embassies in groundbreaking move to normalize relations Watch

Image of Official relations between the two countries were severed back in 1961, a diplomatic gulf widened by an embargo on travel and trade.

By Matt Hadro, CNA/EWTN News

The U.S. and Cuba formally re-established diplomatic ties for the first time since 1961 on Monday; a groundbreaking development advocated by Catholic bishops from both countries and set in motion by Pope Francis. Washington D.C. (CNA/EWTN News) - "It's an ... continue reading


CORRUPTION RAMPANT: Few surprised with prison escape of Mexico's 'El Chapo' Watch

Image of Most were dismayed - but many were not surprised with the escape of Mexican drug cartel kingpin Joaquin

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Most were dismayed - but many were not surprised with the escape of Mexican drug cartel kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman from maximum-security prison last week. Mexico is notorious for having one of the most corrupt governments in the world.  LOS ANGELES, ... continue reading


How did he do it? Surveillance video released with inside look at El Chapo's elaborate escape plan Watch

Image of Joaquin

By Hannah Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

For the second time in 14 years, the most powerful drug trafficker in Mexico and FBI's Public Enemy No. 1 has escaped prison using a tunnel. After Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was confirmed to have escaped from the country's most secured prison, the largest manhunt in ... continue reading


Did Pope Francis chew coca leaves during his visit in Bolivia? Watch

Image of

By Talia Ramos (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

During Pope Francis' recent visit in South America, there were claims he requested to chew some coca leaves to help him cope with the high altitude. Bolivian authorities stated earlier that the Pope made the request during his stay in La Paz, but the Pontiff clarified ... continue reading


Thousands of Argentineans cross into Paraguay to see their country's Pope Francis Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Thousands of prideful Argentineans crossed in to Paraguay to see their Pope Francis speak at the border town of Caacupe. The Pontiff praised the women of Paraguay in his sermon. He recalled how many were left widowed and orphaned after the War of the Triple ... continue reading


Pope Francis stays calm after receiving shocking, outrageous gift from Bolivia president Watch

Image of Pope Francis appeared stunned by the strange gift.

By Hannah Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

During Pope Francis' short trip in Bolivia, President Evo Morales gave him a crucifix of Jesus, nailed in the symbol of communism: hammer and sickle. The Pontiff maintained a neutral and diplomatic approach as he was handed the gift, which is a significant item in the ... continue reading


ON THE LOOSE: Mexico's most feared drug lord - They Can't Keep Me - 'El Chapo' escapes maximum-security prison Watch

Image of The leader of one of the world's most powerful and deadly drug trafficking operations, El Chapo was able to escape from custody previously in 2001 from a high-security prison by hiding in a laundry cart.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In a humiliating blow to the Mexican government, the nation's most feared and powerful drug lord -- Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman skipped out of maximum security prison. Guzman is believed to have crawled through a hole in the shower area of his cellblock at the ... continue reading


Paraguayan women need to preserve nation's heritage, and build its future, Pope says Watch

Image of These are

By CNA/EWTN News

Saying Mass at the Marian shrine of Caacupe on Saturday, Pope Francis reflected that it is the task of the "women, wives and mothers" of Paraguay to keep alive their nation's faith and heritage. Caacupe, Paraguay (CNA/EWTN News) - The Roman Pontiff said July 11 ... continue reading


Pope's trip to Ecuador has very special meaning for missionary Watch

Image of On July 6, his first day in Ecuador, Pope Francis has already visited the Divine Mercy Shrine in Guayaquil.

By CNA/EWTN News

Everyone at the Vatican is praying for the fruits of the Pope's apostolic visit to Latin America, but there is one person with a special insight into the papal trip. Quito, Ecuador (CNA/EWTN News) -- Sister Andrea Romero Saltos is an Idente Missionary and the ... continue reading


All Americas News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15
2 And the whole community of Israelites began ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 78:3-4, 23-24, 25, 54
3 What we have heard and know, what our ancestors ... Read More

Gospel, John 6:24-35
24 When the people saw that neither Jesus nor his ... Read More

Reading 2, Ephesians 4:17, 20-24
17 So this I say to you and attest to you in the ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for August 2nd, 2015 Image

St. Eusebius of Vercelli
August 2: Christians who breathed a sigh of relief when Constantine ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter