MEXICO CITY – Mexican police say they have captured a man identified as the second highest-ranking figure in the once-powerful Beltran Leyva drug cartel.
The head of Mexico's federal police said Wednesday that suspect Arnoldo Villa Sanchez was arrested the day before in Mexico City.
Monte Alejandro Rubido said Villa Sanchez operated out of Mexico's capital and answered only to cartel leader Hector Beltran Leyva.
The cartel's importance diminished after the arrest of one of the Beltran Leyva brothers and the death of another in a shootout with Mexican marines in 2009.
Federal police captured Villa Sanchez in an upscale neighborhood along with another man, two guns and several packages of synthetic drugs.