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Mexican drug cartel leader captured this week

January 13, 2012

Mexico has been waging a war on drug cartels in an attempt to put an end to the violence that coincides with the illegal business, and they recently made major headway. Earlier this week, the Mexican army captured Luis Jesus Sarabia, an alleged leader of one of the country's major drug gangs, according to The Associated Press.

Sarabia is suspected of being connected to the murder of a U.S. immigration agent as well as about 50 executions of members of a rival cartel. Mexican Army spokesman General Ricardo Trevilla told the AP that they are also certain that Sarabia was the right-hand man of Zetas' head honcho, Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano.

Drug cartels have been making headlines for their involvement with extremely violent crimes, and the government recently reported that an average of one life was lost every half hour to drug war violence in 2011. The Attorney General's Office posted the staggering statistics on their website the same day that Sarabia was captured, according to the New York Daily News.

Those who are studying or working outside of the country can make calls to Mexico with international calling cards to talk to their loved ones about the domestic war.

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