Mexico nabs 4 alleged Acapulco drug gang leaders

AP News
Posted: Jun 11, 2012 12:01 PM
Mexico nabs 4 alleged Acapulco drug gang leaders

Federal police in Mexico say they have captured four top operators of a drug gang that operates in the Pacific coast resort city of Acapulco. One of the suspects is a woman.

The gang has been fighting the local Independent Cartel of Acapulco for control of the port city since the 2010 arrest of suspected drug capo Edgar Valdez Villareal, a Texas-born man known as "La Barbie." The new group is known as the "Sweeper" gang or the "Devil's Commando."

Federal police said Monday the suspects included one man nicknamed "Santa" who was allegedly the gang's financial administrator.

Other suspects allegedly carried out killings, kidnappings, drug sales and extortion.

The female suspect allegedly led a group of lookouts and spies that worked for the gang.