Regional
10:52 am
Wed May 19, 2010

Major Drug War Arrest

Juarez, Mexico – Mexico's federal police say an alleged member of the La Linea drug gang has been arrested in the border city of Ciudad Juarez who allegedly participated in the killing of 10 people.

The Tuesday announcement centers on 28-year-old Juan Padilla (pah-DEE'-yah) Juarez, who's accused of targeting rivals of the gang, which is allied with the Juarez drug cartel. He was captured Monday in Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas.

Also, Mexico's Attorney General's Office announced that a judge has handed down a prison sentence of almost 22 years to Jaime Gonzalez Duran, an army deserter arrested in the northern border city of Reynosa. That's across the border from McAllen, Texas.

The man also known as "The Hummer" was convicted of money laundering and weapons possession.

He had previously been sentenced to 16 years on similar charges by another court. The sentences will not be served concurrently.

Gonzalez Duran is allegedly one of the founding members of the Zetas, a band of cartel hit men believed responsible for massacres and beheadings.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.