Mexico arrests leader of Gulf drug cartel

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A member of the Mexican Army inspects a vehicle at a checkpoint on August 2, 2013 (AFP/File, Pedro Pardo)
Mexican security forces on Saturday caught the leader of the cocaine-trafficking Gulf Cartel, the second major gang boss capture in just over a month as President Enrique Pena Nieto fights cartel violence. 
Mario Ramirez Trevino was arrested Saturday near the border with Texas. 
The U.S. State Department had offered a $5 million reward for Ramirez Trevino.
Also Saturday, at least 23 bodies have been found in western Mexico where local vigilante groups are battling drug cartels for control. 
Mexican law enforcement officials said nine men, their hands bound and shot, were found Saturday in Michoacan state where local residents have been fighting the Knights Templar drug cartel. 
In neighboring Guerrero state, another 14 bodies were found. 
None of the victims has been identified and no one has claimed responsibility for the violence. 
The government of President Enrique Pena Nieto has deployed thousands of troops in the troubled area in an effort to curb the drug-related violence.
Source: Agencies

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