The army said he was seized in a carefully planned military operation, without a shot being fired. Couldn’t they have fired at least one shot? Into Noel’s head perhaps?
Defence Ministry spokesman Ricardo Trevilla Trejo said Noel Salgueiro Nevarez was behind much of the extreme violence which has plagued Ciudad Juarez which has become Mexico’s murder capital (which is quite an achievement in a country wracked with violence).
He said the suspect, also known as El Flaco (The Skinny One), led a gang of hitmen who extorted local businessmen, kidnapped for ransom, and tortured and killed members of a rival gang, the Juarez cartel.
The security forces say the bitter war between the two gangs was the trigger for most of the 3,000 killings in Ciudad Juarez last year.
Prosecutors said Mr Salgueiro Nevarez started his criminal career 15 years ago, producing marijuana for the Sinaloa cartel.
They said his gang had been exporting up to 15 tonnes of marijuana and two tonnes of cocaine per month to the United States.
The government had offered a three-million-peso ($220,000) reward for information leading to his capture.
Security officials said his arrest, in the city of Culiacan in northwestern Sinaloa state, was a major blow to the Sinaloa cartel and its leader, Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman.
Mr Guzman, 54, is Mexico’s most wanted man and thought to be one of the country’s richest.
Two years ago, he made Forbes magazine’s list of the 67 World’s Most Powerful People. At number 41, he was just below Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.