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Mexico Arrests Suspected Cartel Leader

CHIHUAHUA CITY, Mexico, Aug. 24 (UPI) — Mexican authorities say they’ve arrested a man believed to be the successor to “El Diego,” a Juarez drug cartel leader captured earlier this month.

Jesus Antonio Rincon Chavero was arrested Aug. 16 by the Mexican army in Chihuahua City and handed over to a federal organized crime unit, the El Paso (Texas) Times reported Wednesday.

Rincon was reputed to be the successor to Jose Antonio “El Diego” Acosta Hernandez, the reputed head of the La Linea drug cartel until his recent capture.

Acosta allegedly ordered the deaths of 1,500 people as rival cartels battled for control of Juarez and other parts of Chihuahua State.

Mexican authorities say Rincon was arrested at his home where officers found a rifle with ammunition, seven cellphones, and nearly $10,000 in cash.

An official in Mexico’s attorney general’s office declined to discuss Rincon’s role in La Linea, saying the matter was under investigation.

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