Mexico collars 11 Colombians, 1 American for drugs

October 20, 2008 00:37


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Mexican authorities said Sunday that they had arrested more than a dozen members of an alleged drug-trafficking ring in an upscale neighborhood of this capital city, seizing weapons, vehicles - and lions. Eleven Colombians, a US citizen, two Mexicans and an Uruguayan were detained during a raid in a sprawling mansion in Desierto de los Leones on Saturday, organized-crime prosecutor Marisela Morales told a news conference. Morales identified the gang's leader as Teodoro Fino Restrepo, who allegedly arranged for sea-borne cocaine shipments from Colombia to Mexico's Beltran Leyva cartel. Also detained in the police raid was US citizen Raul Munoz Montalvo, of Texas. Police did not release the name of his hometown, and no one from the US Embassy in Mexico was available to comment.

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