Police in Mexico said on Monday that they have arrested one of the country’s top drug barons.
Sergio Villareal, known as El Grande, is said to be a kingpin of the Beltran Leyva cartel.
The former policeman was captured in Puebla, east of Mexico City.
A Mexican government spokesman said that Villareal’s arrest is “a new and forceful blow against drug crime.”
He added that “one of the largest criminal organisations in the country has now been profoundly weakened.”
A reward of 1.5 million euros had been offered for information leading to Villareal’s arrest.
His capture will be a boost to President Felipe Calderon, who has faced questions that his narcotics crackdown has been a failure.
His predecessor, Vicente Fox, said last month that drugs should be legalised to “weaken and break the economic system that allows cartels to make huge profits.”