In an early morning swoop, soldiers in black ski masks captured Victor Valdez, known as 'El Gordo Varilla' (The Big Stick), in Cuernavaca, a popular getaway south of Mexico City where drug violence is escalating.
Valdez is believed to be the second-in-command of the Cartel de Pacifico Sur (South Pacific Cartel) run by drug lord Hector Beltran Leyva, which is fighting rivals for control of Cuernavaca and the strategic Pacific resort city of Acapulco.
In a brief army presentation to reporters, Valdez said local police chief Juan Bosco helped the gang evade capture. Bosco was later arrested by soldiers in Cuernavaca, the army said."
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