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Suspected Drug Kingpin Caught
Mexican marines captured alleged drug lord Sergio Villarreal Barragán--nicknamed El Grande--in the central city of Puebla on Sept. 12. The collaring of one of Mexico's most wanted criminals came two weeks after the arrest of Edgar Valdez Villarreal (a.k.a. La Barbie); the men are suspected of leading rival factions of the Beltrán Leyva drug cartel. Mexico's ongoing narco-related violence--more than 28,000 people have been killed since President Felipe Calderón initiated a crackdown in late 2006--cast a shadow over the nation's bicentennial, and some celebrations commemorating the start of Mexico's rebellion for independence were canceled.
Strongholds of Mexico's drug cartels
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• ARELLANO FELIX ORGANIZATION
• BELTRAN LEYVA ORGANIZATION
• SINALOA CARTEL
• LA FAMILIA MICHOACANA
• DISPUTED TERRITORY
• CARRILLO FUENTES ORGANIZATION
• GULF CARTEL/NEW FEDERATION
• LOS ZETAS CARTEL
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