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Top Mexican cartel leader arrested, military says

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  • No. 2 leader in Los Zetas drug cartel arrested in northeastern Mexico, military says
  • Anonymous tip reportedly leads to capture of Carlos Adrian Martinez Muniz
  • Los Zetas considered one of Mexico's most dangerous and violent cartels
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MEXICO CITY, Mexico (CNN) -- Mexican soldiers have captured a top leader of one of the nation's most ruthless drug cartels, the government's military announced.

Carlos Adrian Martinez Muniz, identified as the No. 2 person for the Zetas drug cartel in the Monterrey area in northeastern Mexico, was arrested after officials received an anonymous tip, the nation's Ministry of Defense said Wednesday.

In addition to drugs and weapons, he was carrying deposit slips for up to 7,150 people, the ministry said.

Los Zetas, formed by ex-Mexican army soldiers, consists mostly of former federal and local police.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency considers the group to be among the most advanced and violent of Mexico's drug cartels.

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