Mexican marines capture Gulf cartel's top boss
Jorge Eduardo Costilla Sanchez, the Gulf drug cartel's top boss and one of the most-wanted men in Mexico and the United States, was captured by marines with no resistance, the Navy Secretariat said Thursday.
Costilla Sanchez, known as "El Coss," was arrested Wednesday at a house in Tampico, a port city in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, thanks to naval intelligence work and information obtained from two Gulf cartel members arrested recently, navy spokesman Rear Adm. Jose Luis Vergara said.
The suspect "headed the Gulf cartel, considered the country's second most powerful criminal organization," Vergara said.
Costilla Sanchez was paraded before reporters in Mexico City on Thursday.
"Stealthily, 'El Coss' overcame the internal divisions (in the Gulf cartel) and ordered violent confrontations in Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon (states) with their former allies, Los Zetas," after the arrest of Gulf cartel top boss Osiel Cardenas Guillen, the navy spokesman said.