POSTED: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 8:04am
UPDATED: Friday, June 24, 2011 - 2:49pm
MEXICO CITY - Authorities in Mexico announced the arrest of the suspected leader of the la famillia drug cartel, one of the country's most notorious cartels.
A Mexican federal security spokesman said Jose de Jesus Mendez, also known as "El Chango" or "The Monkey," was captured in central Mexico at a highway checkpoint. The spokesman said no casualties were reported during the arrest.
Until last year, La Famillia, or "The Family," was among Mexico's most feared and powerful cartels, but the death of its top boss split the gang into factions.
Rivals within the gang now fight over trafficking routes and marijuana fields in western Mexico.