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Mexico captures drug suspect on most-wanted list

world Updated: May 22, 2009 15:45 IST

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Soldiers have arrested a suspected drug cartel member listed among Mexico's 37 most-wanted traffickers, the Defence Department said.

Raymundo Almanza Morales was captured Wednesday in the northern city of Monterrey along with three other suspects after soldiers received an tip, the department said in a statement.

Almanza is named as a top lieutenant of the Gulf drug cartel on the list of most-wanted traffickers that the government published in March. His brother, Octavio Almanza, was arrested in February on suspicion of masterminding the killing of an army general in Cancun.

The Defence Department said Octavio Almanza told authorities that his brother had been deployed to oversee drug trafficking operations in Guatemala and Belize. The statement did not say whether that claim turned out to be true, and it gave no further details on Raymundo Almanza's alleged drug trafficking activities.

Defence Department officials said there would be no immediate comment beyond the statement.

Raymundo Almanza was arrested along with three other people, the department said.