Mexico nabs alleged Sinaloa cartel leader

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Associated Press

Posted on June 26, 2010 at 2:33 AM

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Authorities say an alleged top figure in Mexico's powerful Sinaloa drug cartel has been arrested in the border city of Mexicali.

The state public security department says Baja California state police arrested Manuel Garibay on Thursday while he was driving in Mexicali, across from Calexico, California.

The department says Garibay, 52, was the Sinaloa cartel's link to Colombian cocaine suppliers since last year's arrest of Vicente "El Vicentillo" Zambada.

Garibay was being sought by authorities for trafficking cocaine from Colombia to Mexico, and for being involved in several kidnappings and killings.

Meanwhile, at least 11 gunmen died in three separate clashes Thursday with Mexican navy and army troops in a border state.

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