Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Alleged Mexican drug kingpin nabbed in offshore operation
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Reputed Mexican drug lord Javier Arellano-Felix has been captured by U.S. authorities in an offshore operation in the Pacific, according to federal law enforcement sources familiar with the case.

The U.S. Coast Guard currently has Arellano-Felix in custody, and the infamous fugitive will be brought ashore in San Diego, California, where he has been indicted and will be arraigned, federal officials said. (Full story)

Arellano-Felix and his brother, Eduardo, who together headed the drug cartel that bears their name, top the Drug Enforcement Agency's Most Wanted List, with $5 million offered for their capture.

The brothers face several felony indictments, including conspiracy to import and distribute cocaine and marijuana on a massive scale. Officials have said the cartel was responsible for a recently discovered, elaborately constructed tunnel under the Mexico-California border.
Posted By Terry Frieden, CNN Washington Bureau: 8/16/2006 12:55:00 PM ET | Permalink
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