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Mexican Police Capture Key Figure In Juarez Drug Cartel

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Police in Mexico have nabbed the boss of a drug cartel's armed wing in Ciudad Juarez. Nicknamed 'El Diego', the head hit-man is linked to many deaths in Mexico's ongoing bloody drug war.

Mexican police presented on Sunday an alleged leader of the Juarez drug cartel's armed wing linked to a deadly car bomb last year.

Jose Antonio Acosta Hernandez -- also known as "El Diego" and reputed to be one of the bosses of the La Linea hit-men -- was captured in Ciudad Juarez on Friday.

According to Mexico's anti-drug chief Ramon Pequeno, Acosta Hernandez was behind a cell phone-detonated car bomb that killed four people in Ciudad Juarez in July of 2010, the first attack of its kind in Mexico's drug war.

[Ramon Pequeno, Mexico’s Anti Drugs Chief]:
"Certain lines of investigation signal Jose Antonio Acosta Hernandez, alias 'El Diego', as the alleged mastermind of the murder of three people with connections to the United States consulate that happened on March 13, 2010 in Ciudad Juarez and he is also allegedly connected with the following crimes: the murders of municipal police and officials in 2008 for rejecting to collaborate with his outfit and who they accused of working for the organization of Joaquin Guzman Loera, alias 'El Chapo'. The murder of 14 people on the 30th of January 2010 in Villa de Salvarcar in Ciudad Juarez.”

Formed by renegade police officers in the northern state of Chihuahua, La Linea act as enforcers for the Juarez cartel, a group based in the border city of Ciudad Juarez which controls some of the main drug trafficking routes into the United
States.

The Mexican government had offered a 15 million peso reward for the capture of Acosta Hernandez, according to a former security chief.