Mexican police have captured a founding member and leader of a drug-trafficking gang based in western Mexico.

Mexican federal police anti-drug chief Ramon Pequeno says agents captured Ramiro Pozos Gonzalez in central Mexico State.

Pequeno says Pozos is a founding member of La Resistencia drug gang, which operates in Mexico City and the states of Jalisco, Michoacan and Mexico.

Pequeno says La Resistencia was created in 2010 by former members of the Gulf, La Familia and Milenio drug cartels. La Resistencia later formed an alliance with the brutal Zetas drug cartel.

The 42-year-old Pozos smiled and gave two thumbs up when he was paraded before journalists Wednesday.