The Mexican army revealed it has captured the Gulf cartel leader near Texas. The Wall Street Journal reports on Aug. 18 that the army considers this a minor victory in Mexico’s drug war. Mario Armando Ramirez Treviño was arrested in Rio Bravo.
The leader of the Gulf cartel, Mario Armando Ramirez Treviño, was captured by the Mexican army. The 51-year-old is wanted in the U.S. for drug trafficking charges and has a $5 million reward for his capture. He has multiple nicknames including El Pelon, X-20 and Bald One.
The Gulf cartel has lost some of its power in recent years due to fighting among its members and outside attacks from other cartels. The previous leader, Jorge Eduardo Costilla Sanchez, was captured earlier this year. It is believed Ramirez Treviño took over the Gulf cartel after his arrest, but he faced opposition from within his own ranks.
The Gulf’s battle with the rival Zetas cartel has diminished its power, so the capture of its leader may not have an enormous impact on the drug war in Mexico. Alejandro Hope explains the arrest of Mario Armando Ramirez Treviño is important but cannot be considered “of the first rank.”
Recent reports indicate more than 70,000 people have died since 2007 in the Mexican drug wars, and the violence continues. Nine people were killed in Michoacan, and authorities believe the Knights Templar drug cartel may have been involved. The eight people who were killed in Guerrero may also have been connected to the same cartel.