Mexico Captures ‘Acapulco Cartel Boss’

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Mexican police announced the arrest of the alleged leader of the Independent Cartel of Acapulco, who is implicated in the kidnap and murder of 20 holiday-makers in 2010.

The regional representative of the Public Security Ministry announced that Moises Montero Alvarez, alias “El Koreano,” was captured early Monday, along with three young accomplices including one aged 16.

According to Cardenas, Alvarez is suspected of involvement in 2010 kidnapping and murder last year of 20 Mexicans vacationing in the resort of Acapulco. The tourists, who were from Michoacan state, were believed to have been mistaken for members of the Familia Michoacana, a rival drug trafficking operation based in Michoacan state. Some of the victims’ bodies were later found in a mass grave.

According to police, Alvarez is also a suspect in the killings of rival cartel members as well as the kidnapping of police officers.

The Attorney General of Guerrero state, Alberto Lopez Rosas, also confirmed that Alvarez was a former police agent, who had been charged with extortion.

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