News Americas, MEXICO CITY, Mexico, Weds. June 22, 2011: Police in Mexico have nabbed an accused Mexican drug lord, known as “The Monkey.”

Jose de Jesus Mendez Vargas, the alleged leader of one the country’s top drug gangs, the La Familia cartel, was captured in the central city of Aguascalientes.
Mexico’s security spokesman Alejandro Poire said the arrest had “destroyed the chain of command” of the cartel.

The Mexican Attorney General’s Office said Mendez Vargas was “responsible for the transfer and sale of cocaine, marijuana, crystal methamphetamine in various states of Mexico and the US.”

He is also accused of having masterminded the kidnappings and killings of rival gang members.

La Familia has a reputation for violence but claims to protect local communities and promote family values.

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