Saturday, July 30, 2011

Leader of La Linea Gang Arrested in Mexico

Via CNN -

A purported leader of the infamous La Linea criminal organization has been arrested in Mexico, state-run media reported, citing a military leader.

Jose Antonio Acosta Hernandez, known as El Diego, was taken into custody during an operation in Chihuahua, Emilio Zarate Landeros told Notimex on Saturday.

Zarate, who leads troops in Mexico's Quinta Zona Militar or Fifth Military Zone, said the raid had been carefully planned and coordinated.

Video from CNN affiliate XHIJ shows several armed men going into a Chihuahua building to detain Acosta.

La Linea is the armed branch of the Juarez drug cartel, federal police official Ramon Eduardo Pequeno Garcia has previously told CNN.

This group ordered the March 2010 killing of U.S. consulate employee Lesley Enriquez, the same official added. She and her husband, Arthur Redelfs, were gunned down as they left a birthday party in a white SUV.

Authorities have said that Jesus Ernesto Chavez Castillo -- arrested last summer in connection with various deadly shootings in Ciudad Juarez -- got his orders directly from Acosta.

Acosta, whose other alias is Blablazo, himself worked under La Linea leader Emilia Ramirez Castillo, or El Negro, according to the general prosecutor's office of Mexico. A 15 million-peso reward was being offered for information leading to his arrest.

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