Mexican soldiers have captured an alleged high-ranking member of a drug gang known as "The Family."

The Defense Department says Alberto Espinoza Barron was arrested in the Pacific coast state of Michoacan on Monday.

A Defense statement alleges he was in charge of U.S.-bound cocaine shipments arriving at the state's Lazaro Cardenas port from South America.

He is also accused of bribing police, extorting businesses and ordering kidnappings and killings.

Mexico's Attorney General's office was interrogating him Wednesday.

Drug-related murders have nearly doubled this year to 5,300, federal officials say, despite a government crackdown on organized crime.