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Mexico police capture alleged regional Zeta boss

Federal police say they have captured a regional leader of the Zetas gang who allegedly handled drug-smuggling operations from Panama and the Dominican Republic.

Regional Security Chief Luis Cardenas says Eduardo Ramirez Valencia was detained with an accomplice Wednesday in Hidalgo state in an operation that fractured a major route for transporting drugs from those two countries to the United States.

Cardenas said Thursday that Ramirez collaborated closely with Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, the alleged leader of the Zetas whose home state of Hidalgo is a central crossing point for drugs.

The Zetas are blamed for the escalation in killings and violence in northeastern Mexico this year.