The rollup of the Beltrán Leyva cartel continued with the arrest in Puebla of another senior figure, Sergio Villarreal Barragán, by Marines. Villareal is believed to be the #2 in the cartel under Héctor Beltran Leyva, who has tried to assume leadership since the killing of his brother Arturo by marines last December. In addition, several Colombian liaisons of the cartel in Mexico were arrested. (Universal 9/13)
Of the eight Beltrán Leyva cartel members for whom the PGR offered rewards last year, six have now been captured or killed. None of the other cartels has been hit as hard by the security forces.