Suspect arrested in shootings outside Mexico City

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February 18, 2011 06:55

 
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OLUCA, Mexico — A suspect was arrested Thursday in three shootings that killed 20 people on the outskirts of Mexico City, attacks authorities blame on a brutal cartel trying to seize drug-dealing territory in the capital.

Juan Carlos Vasconcelos, 24, is suspected of leading a team of hit men for La Familia cartel, said Alfredo Castillo, attorney general of Mexico state, which borders the capital. He was arrested along with two alleged accomplices.

Castillo said Vasconcelos was behind three shootings in two sprawling, gritty neighborhoods on the outskirts of Mexico City. The first left five people dead on Jan. 8. Another killed eight people Jan. 16 and the third left seven dead Feb. 13.

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