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Financial Operator of Mexican Drug Cartel Arrested

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Mexican authorities arrested one of the main operators of a powerful drug cartel. Tens of thousands of people have died since the crackdown on drug cartels began four years ago.

On Wednesday the Mexican army announced the capture of one of the main financial operators in the country for the powerful Zetas drug cartel, a splinter group now battling the Gulf cartel.

[Colonel Ricardo Trevilla, Army Spokesman]:
"Quintanilla Soriano kept a close relationship with the main leaders of this criminal structure, Heriberto Lazcano and Miguel Angel Trevino. And before being the main financial operator within this criminal organization he was the main accountant in different states, where Los Zetas has presence, mainly in Veracruz, San Luis Potosi and Coahuila."

The army said they arrested Quintanilla Soriano and his assistant on Tuesday in the city of Saltillo in Coahuila state.

Both men were armed at the time of their arrest.

[Colonel Ricardo Trevilla, Army Spokesman]:
"The arrested were found in a building they used as a safe house. We seized two rifles, a gun, four vehicles, communications equipment and miscellaneous documents from them.”

Troops said Quintanilla Soriano frequently traveled to Monterrey, Saltillo and Monclova to coordinate accounting aspects and pay off authorities at the service of the cartel.

More than 42,000 people have died in Mexico over the past four years since President Felipe Calderon cracked down on powerful drug cartels.

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