Jose de Jesus Mendez Vargas
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'Cartel boss' arrested in Mexico

Mexican President Felipe Calderon has congratulated police on the capture of the alleged leader of the notorious La Familia drugs cartel.

Police arrested Jose de Jesus Mendez Vargas, also known as "The Monkey", in the central city of Aguascalientes.

Mr Calderon described the capture as a great blow to organised crime.

La Familia has a reputation for gruesome violence but claims to protect local communities and promote family values.

  • 22 Jun 2011