Mexican officials have arrested one of the most powerful drug lords in the country, Vicente Carillo Fuentes, the kingpin of the Juarez cartel since 1997.
One of Mexico’s most wanted, the FBI had also offered five million dollars for information about his whereabouts.
Operating in the border town of Ciudad Juarez, he was allegedly responsible for at least 8,000 deaths and a turf war with another cartel which made the town one of the most dangerous in the world.
Some are speculating over the timing of the arrest. Fuentes was the heir to his more successful brother Amado Carrillo Fuentes, the Juarez cartel’s founder who died during failed plastic surgery in 1997. After 2012, Vicente went into exile. Some suggest the arrest is ‘symbolic’ as President Enrique Peña Nieto faces the largest security scandal of his term in office, with the disappearance of 43 trainee teachers and the discovery of 10 mass graves near the site of violent protests in Guerrero state at the end of September.