A cartel leader wanted over the alleged execution of police officers has finally been arrested by Mexico’s elite civil force unit.
Monster Gregorio Rosas Arenas, more commonly known as Wester, was apprehended in the town of Cruz Tetela, in eastern Mexico, by members of the local Public Security Secretariat.
He is understood to be the local boss of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (JNGC) – one of Mexico’s most notorious gangs – and was arrested when officers stopped the Nissan NP300 he was travelling in.
Local media reported Arenas got out of the car and started to shoot at the police.
But Arenas surrendered when he released that the elite unit had him surrounded.
Arresting officers also reportedly found an M4 New Frontier assault rifle in the vehicle along with ammunition as well as 25 “doses” of marijuana.
Arenas was charged with blackmail, robbery, racketeering and the execution of municipal police officers in Tezonapa.
The number of officers who were killed in the operation has not been released.
Arenas was previously arrested on July 30 last year in Tennessee over the murder of Albertano Guerrero Trejo, 29, in the city of McMinnville.
He had been named as the state’s top 10 most wanted, but it was unclear if the case ever went to trial.
His cartel, the JNGC is one of the deadliest in Mexico and is well-known for its attacks on the infamous Zeta Cartel.
Their bloody rampages even led US President Donald Trump to consider branding them a terrorist organisation.
Meanwhile, a deadly hit squad has been assembled to track down and kill the sons of drug lord El Chapo, it has been reported.
Since the Mexican crime boss’ arrest and imprisonment last year, leadership of the ruthless Sinaloa Cartel has been concentrated in the hands of his children – known as Los Chapitos.
El Chapo, real name Joaquin Guzman, is rumoured to have fathered up to 24 kids, but only a handful are thought to be key players in the drug war.
A rival cartel has now tasked assassins with killing Ivan Archivaldo, Jesus Alfredo and Ovidio Guzman, foreign media reports.
The Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) broke off from El Chapo’s gang in 2014 and have since been engaged in a bloody battle for territory and drug routes across Mexico.