Mexican authorities hit major drug cartel

Suspected gang members rounded up in a helicopter raid

Mexican authorities killed one alleged gang leader, and made eleven arrests, in a helicopter raid on a ranch in Durango. The BBC reports Luis Alberto Cabrera Sarabia, the man killed during the raid, was the regional leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel, and the eleven men arrested are members of the gang. Authorities say the men detained work for Joaquin ‘Shorty’ Guzman, the kingpin of the cartel, and the most wanted man in Mexico. Security forces say Cabrera Sarabia oversaw drug trafficking in two northern Mexican states, and his death will be a severe blow to the cartel’s operations. He initially escaped the raid, taking refuge in a nearby cave in the mountainous area, but was later killed in an exchange of gunfire as a special operations team moved in on the cave. Guzman escaped prison in a laundry basket in 1993 and has eluded authorities since then.


Looking for more?

Get the Best of Maclean's sent straight to your inbox. Sign up for news, commentary and analysis.