Mexican authorities announced the arrest of another cartel leader on Tuesday evening, but we're just hoping they actually have the right guy this time.
Mario Cardenas Guillen, alias El Gordo ("Fatso"), was paraded before reporters in Mexico City on Tuesday after his capture Monday in the northern border state of Tamaulipas.
Wearing an armored vest and his shirttail hanging out, the balding, chubby Cardenas mostly cast his eyes downward, occasionally glancing to the side.
First of all, isn't that exactly what you would expect a cartel leader named "Fatso," to look like? It's picture perfect.
Cardenas is believed to be one of the two leaders of the once-powerful Gulf cartel. Taking any cartel leader off the street is a victory for Mexican authorities, despite "the loss of one commander often gives way to an even bloodier power struggle among potential successors," as the Wilkinson writes. But we're just hoping they have the right guy.
Earlier this summer, Mexican authorities said they arrested Jesus Alfredo Guzman, the son of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the leader of the powerful Sinaloa cartel, but it turns out they had the wrong guy. They had actually arrested Felix Beltran Leon, a car salesman. His mother was the one who pointed the mistake out to police.
Cardenas was arrested by the Mexican navy, which gets support from the U.S., so we're fairly confident they've got the right guy this time. But you never know? Fingers crossed.
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