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Top Mexican cartel suspect arrested

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  • Mexican officials say Raymundo Almanza Morales is a top leader in Gulf Cartel
  • Authorities confiscate five firearms, 21 kilograms of marijuana and five vehicles
  • Three suspected accomplices also arrested
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MEXICO CITY, City (CNN) -- A top drug cartel suspect with a $1 million reward on his head has been captured by Mexican soldiers, federal authorities said.

Raymundo Almanza Morales, known as "El Gori," was arrested Wednesday in the city of Monterrey in northeastern Mexico, said the National Defense secretary. Three men suspected of being accomplices also were arrested.

Mexican officials say Almanza is a top leader in the Gulf Cartel and offered a $1 million (15 million peso) reward in March.

Also arrested were Reyes Adalberto Balleza Hernandez, known as "Balleza," Luis Ernesto Muñoz Valido, alias "Wisi," and Lauro Ruiz Salas, officials said.

Authorities said they confiscated five firearms, 21 kilograms (46 pounds) of marijuana and five vehicles.

This was the second arrest of a top cartel suspect that Mexican officials announced this week. Rodolfo Lopez Ibarra, known as "El Nito" and believed to be a top lieutenant in the Beltran Leyva cartel, was arrested Monday at an airport in Nuevo Leon state, said the Mexican National Defense secretary.

Twelve accomplices, including five women, also were arrested in that raid, federal authorities said. One of the women was a minor.

The Beltran Leyva and Gulf cartels are among the top drug organizations in Mexico. Both are allied against the Sinaloa organized crime syndicate, considered the largest drug trafficking organization in the nation. Two other major drug organizations in Mexico are the Juarez and Tijuana cartels.

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