Los Zetas chieftain arrested near US-Mexico border

A leader of the violent Los Zetas drug cartel has been arrested in the northwestern Mexican state of Tamaulipas bordering the United States, officials said on Sunday.

Mario Alberto Arce Moreno, 31, was apprehended by federal and state police, who were able to make the arrest "without firing a single shot," according to a press release issued by law enforcement officials.

Authorities said Arce is a top figure with the Zetas, one of Mexico`s most feared cartels.

He is alleged to have been involved in major drug trafficking and human smuggling operations for the cartel, which is said to be responsible for much of the violence that has roiled the northern Mexican states of Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas in recent years.

He was arrested with three other people, two young men and a woman, whose identities were not revealed. Police also seized three firearms and a vehicle during the arrest.

The government says tens of thousands of Mexicans have been killed in drug-related violence in the country since 2006.
 

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