MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Troops raiding a house in central Mexico on Saturday captured the alleged leader of Mexico's most feared drug gang. They also found evidence that his brother, the gang's co-leader, has died.
U.S. authorities have long sought the brothers, Benjamin Arellano Felix and Ramon Arellano Felix, who is on the FBI's 10 most wanted list.
The events appeared to be a devastating blow to the Tijuana organization, though the breakup of other major drug operations over the past two decades has had little or no impact on the overall flow of illegal drugs into the United States.
Benjamin Arellano Felix was arrested at about 1 a.m. in Puebla, a city 65 miles east of Mexico City, Mexico's justice and defense departments said. They said he was seized without gunfire and said he'd been taken to "a safe location" in Mexico City.
An altar to Arellano Felix's brother Ramon was found in the house, "which makes one presume that, effectively, this drug trafficker had died" during a Feb. 10 police shootout in Mazatlan.
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