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Gulf Cartel leader arrested; Mario Ramirez Treviño aka X-20 goes down in Tamaulipas

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August 17, 2013

UPDATE 2: X-20 has been transferred to SEIDO in Mexico City.

Several news sources including CBS News are reporting the arrest of Mario Ramirez Treviño aka “Pelon” or “X-20”, according to the news reports he was captured by elements of both the Mexican Army and Navy, his capture took place this morning in Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas.

According to PROCESO, Mario Ramirez, 51, was arrested at a vehicular checkpoint in possession of several weapons. The operation that led to his arrest included 10 helicopters and 2 gunships.


Mario Ramirez Treviño aka “X-20”

Since this morning, more than 10 aircraft, including gunships and helicopters, have been flying over Reynosa, Tamaulipas in search of organized crime convoys, there have been reports of up to 20 vehicle convoys travelling trough La Ribereña highway and in neighborhoods such as Vista Hermosa.

Mario Ramirez Treviño rose to power after his boss, Samuel Flores Borrego aka “Metro 3” was executed on September, 2011, his rise to leader of the Gulf Cartel came a year later with the arrests of Eduardo Costilla aka “El Coss” and Mario Cardenas Guillen, brother of Osiel Cardenas Guillen. He is considered a violent man and as dangerous or even more than Heriberto Lazcano aka Z-3, former leader of Los Zetas, was.

The US Government is offering up to 5 million USD for information that lead to his arrest.

You can read a previous Borderland Beat post about Mario Ramirez by clicking HERE
Mexican Authorities confirmed the arrest of Mario Armando Ramirez Treviño this afternoon, Mexico´s SEGOB (Secretaria de Gobernación) announced this afternoon the arrest of “X-20” by the Mexican Army. The announce was made on their Twitter account.

SEGOB announces the arrest of “Mario Pelon”.

Mario Ramirez Treviño has been transferred to Mexico City´s SEIDO building, his transfer was done under the surveillance of more than 100 soldiers. He is expected to make a legal statement in the next hours, Mexican authorities have called for a press conference tomorrow. details about his arrest are expected to be given at that press conference.


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