Mexican police have arrested a suspected top supplier of heroin to the United States, known as "The King of Heroin," security officials said here on Thursday.
Jose Antonio Medina was presented to the press in Mexico as a new US government report underlined the growing dominance of Mexican drug cartels on the illegal US drug market, including an increasing production of heroin in Mexico.
Medina, also known as "Don Pepe," delivered an average of 200 kilos (440 pounds) of heroin a month to the United States, mainly to Los Angeles, earning some 12 million dollars, Ramon Pequeno, head of the anti-drug squad, said at a news conference.
The 36-year-old, who was captured on Wednesday, "is considered by US authorities to be the main supplier of heroin to this country," Pequeno said.
Medina hid the drugs in secret compartments of vehicles crossing between the Mexican city of Tijuana and the US city of San Diego, one of the world's busiest border crossings, Pequeno alleged.
The US State of California was seeking Medina's arrest and extradition, he added.
According to the BBC....
Mexican drug gangs have expanded their activities in the US with heroin production doubling in 2008, the US justice department says in a report.