Alleged drug gang leader arrested in Acapulco

AP News
Posted: Oct 18, 2011 1:08 PM
Alleged drug gang leader arrested in Acapulco

Mexican federal police say they have detained the leader of a drug gang locked in a bloody battle for control of the resort city of Acapulco.

The Public Safety Department says Christian Arturo Hernandez Tarin was detained Tuesday in the central state of Mexico. The department says in a statement that Tarin led a gang known as "the street sweeper."

Hernandez's gang has been fighting against the local Independent Cartel of Acapulco for control of the Pacific coast city since the 2010 arrest of suspected drug capo Edgar Valdez Villareal, known as "La Barbie."

The department said both groups broke away from Valdez's organization because they didn't like the group's new leader, sparking a wave of violence that has terrorized people in Acapulco.

(This version CORRECTS the suspect's first name.)