Officials: Top Juarez Cartel Leader Arrested

Juarez, Mexico – The head of Mexico's federal police anti-drug unit confirms that authorities have captured the alleged leader of a gang blamed for hundreds of murders near the U.S. border.

Ramon Pequeno (peh-KEHN'-yoh) says Jose Antonio Acosta Hernandez has acknowledged ordering 1,500 killings. And Pequeno said Sunday that investigators believe he was the mastermind of an attack last year that killed a U.S. consulate employee and her husband last year in Ciudad Juarez.

U.S. prosecutors also want to try him in that case.

Mexican authorities say the 33-year-old Acosta is a key figure in the Juarez Cartel.

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