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Top cartel suspect arrested in Mexico

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  • Top drug cartel suspect and two others captured south of Mexico City, report says
  • Adrian Rivera Garcia presumed head of one of cells in Beltran-Leyva brothers cartel
  • Authorities also reportedly seize drugs, weapons, explosives, vehicles and cash
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MEXICO CITY, Mexico (CNN) -- Mexican authorities have arrested a top drug cartel suspect and two other men and seized drugs, weapons, explosives, vehicles and cash, the state-run news agency said.

Adrian Rivera Garcia, known as "El Primo Rivera," is the presumed head of one of the cells in the Beltran-Leyva brothers cartel, the Notimex news agency said Thursday, citing a Mexican army release.

Rivera Garcia was captured Wednesday in Tlapa de Comonfort, about 140 miles (225 kilometers) south of Mexico City.

In addition to the suspects, officials said they also seized 5 kilograms (11 pounds) of cocaine, two AK-47 assault rifles and a standard rifle, three handguns, seven meters (22 feet) of detonation cord, one meter (3 feet) of slow-acting cord and an explosive device.

Officials also seized three cars, four luxury trucks, a dump truck and 122,590 pesos ($9,150) in cash, Notimex said.

Adrian Rivera was arrested in June 2007 on charges of being in possession of four firearms and a stolen vehicle, the news agency said. He was released after paying a fine of 358,312 pesos ($26,775).

Authorities said Rivera Garcia also is implicated in the theft of two AR-15 rifles from municipal police in Tlapa, Notimex reported. The weapons were used to shoot and wound someone, the agency said.

The Beltran-Leyva brothers cartel is said to be aligned with the Gulf cartel, one of the two major drug-trafficking organizations in Mexico.

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