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Mexico Marks another Success against Drug Cartels

Mexico City, January 12, 2010 – On behalf of the United States Government, Ambassador Carlos Pascual congratulates the Calderon Administration, SSP Secretary Garcia Luna, and other federal and Baja California State authorities on the capture of Eduardo Teodoro “El Teo” Garcia Simental, one of the most brutal drug traffickers in recent Mexican history. Since his break in 2008 with the Arellano Felix organization, Garcia Simental was responsible for many of the kidnappings and murders in Tijuana over the past two years.

Ambassador Pascual underscored that “This latest arrest again demonstrates that cooperation between Mexico and the United States is producing results. Mexico’s operational capacity is growing. We continue to improve our sharing of information. The Mexican government is unrelenting in its determination and commitment.”

“El Teo” is under indictment in Mexico on five counts, including drug trafficking, racketeering, and homicide. He also could face other charges in the United States. Following last December’s operation against the Beltran Leyva organization, today’s action underscores that these criminal syndicates are not beyond the reach of Mexican justice.

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