Mexican authorities say federal forces have arrested an alleged leader of a band of assassins in the Pacific coast resort city of Acapulco.

The government has identified the man only as "Benito N" and it alleges he was responsible for a significant amount of the bloodshed in the popular beach destination. A statement released late Friday says his arrest was one of the state's top security priorities.

Local media says the suspect was the head of assassins for the Beltran Lleyva cartel in Acapulco.

In spite of a high security presence, killings are up 5 percent this year over a very bloody 2015 in Acapulco. Authorities say 790 homicides were recorded from January through October.