(HOUSTON CHRONICLE) Mexican marines have arrested a man they say masterminded some of the most horrific recent crimes in northern Mexico, including the killing of U.S. tourist David Michael Hartley on Falcon Lake two years ago and mass slaughters in a border state.
The marines announced Monday that they arrested Alfonso Martínez Escobedo, 31, known as “La Ardilla,” Spanish for “the Squirrel,” on Saturday in the border city of Nuevo Laredo.
Mexican officials said Martínez is a high-ranking Zeta who oversaw the gang's criminal activity in the states of Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon and Coahuila, all of which border Texas. Mexico had a 15 million peso (more than $1 million) bounty on his head.
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