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Mexican drug cartel commander arrested while playing football in the street

November 19, 2015
Ivan Cazarín Molina was the alleged second-in-command of the Jalisco New Generation cartel.

Ivan Cazarín Molina was the alleged second-in-command of the Jalisco New Generation cartel.

One of Mexico’s most wanted criminals, the “Tornado Commander”, who is accused of running an all-powerful drug cartel, was drunk and enjoying a game of football on the street outside his safe house in Guadalajara when federal agents swooped.

Ivan Cazarin Molina, alias Víctor Hugo Delgado Renteria, is the suspected second-in-command of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, one of Mexico’s most powerful criminal organisations.

Police believe he controlled the cartel’s drug-trafficking and money-laundering operations in the Guadalajara area. They are also investigating his “probable participation” in the downing of a military helicopter on 1 May.

“The arrest of Ivan Cazarin Molina is the result of six months of intelligence, desk and field work,” Mexico’s federal police announced. “He’s linked to at least seven outstanding investigations into federal crimes including drug trafficking and homicides.”

Click here to read this article in full at The Independent. 

I also contributed to this report by Jo Tuckman for VICE News. 

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