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Drug Leader Linked In 600 Killings Arrested In Mexico

posted Oct 17, 2011, 10:51 AM by Admin ---
The Mexican police scored big on its anti-illegal drugs campaign when it successfully arrested a drug leader tagged in the death of 600 people in the Latin country.

Based on the records from Mexican police the arrested suspect was identified as Garcia Montoya, 36, leader of the brutal drug gang called "The Hand with Eyes".

"The Hand with Eyes" is one of the groups blamed for bringing the drug violence typical of northern Mexico to Mexico City and its surrounding areas.

The organization is known for extreme violence, including decapitations. Many of its victims have been drug dealers and rivals killed as the group fought for control of drug sales in Mexico state, an area that includes many of the poor suburbs ringing the capital.

The police said Montoya is a deserter from the Mexican marines who worked as a bodyguard for major cartel figures including Edgar Valdez, aka "La Barbie," a top assassin for the Beltran Leyva cartel until he was arrested in 2010.

With the capture or death of Valdez and most of the leaders of the Beltran Leyva cartel, Garcia split off and formed his own group.

Montoya in his confession admitted participating in 300 killings and his involvement in 300 other killings.
Moreover, it was learned that Montoya had received some training from members of the Guatemalan special forces called the "Kaibiles," who are known for massacres during the Guatemalan civil war that ended in the 1990s.

Authorities hoped the arrest of Montoya will reduce or bring down the number of drug cases and drug related crimes in Mexico.