Thursday, June 26, 2014
Boss Of Tijuana Drug Cartel Busted
Founded in the 1980s by Arellano's uncle, Benjamin Arellano Felix, the organisation viturally conrtolled Mexico to US drug-trafficking channels in the 1990s.
He inherited leadership of the cartel from his other uncle, Javier Arellano Felix, who was arrested by the U.S. Coast Guard off Mexico's Baja California in 2006. He was later sentenced to 40 years in federal prison.
Two years after his uncle was captured a renegade lieutenant, Teodoro Garcia Simental, made a power play and set up his own operation.
It prompted a bloodbath that turned Tijuana into one of Mexico's most violent cities, plagued by daytime shootouts, beheadings and mutilated corpses hanging from freeway bridges.
Head of Tijuana drug cartel arrested while watching Mexico's soccer team play Croatia in the World Cup - with his face painted red, white and green
Fernando Sanchez Arellano, 42, was detained in the border city of Tijuana
Was watching Mexico's last group game when the property was raided
The huge drug operation inspired the Hollywood blockbuster Traffic
DEA described him as a 'ghost', having evaded capture for years
Was said to have flooded the U.S. with cocaine and heroin for a decade
By WILLS ROBINSON
Daily Mail (UK)
PUBLISHED: 17:38 EST, 24 June 2014 | UPDATED: 09:52 EST, 26 June 2014