Oct 27, 2011
Mexico Drug War: Nephew of ex-Gulf cartel boss arrested in Texas, facing drug and immigration charges
Official: Nephew of ex-Gulf cartel boss arrested in Texas, facing drug and immigration charges - The Washington Post: "A man arrested on federal drug and immigration charges in South Texas is believed to be the nephew of the former boss of Mexico’s Gulf cartel and was a rising player in the drug trafficking network, a U.S. law enforcement official said Wednesday.
Rafael Cardenas Vela was arrested last week following a traffic stop in Port Isabel, a Gulf coast town that sits across the causeway from South Padre Island. He is charged with conspiracy to possess and distribute drugs and using a fraudulent passport, according to federal court records. The law enforcement official familiar with the case told The Associated Press on Wednesday that authorities believe Cardenas Vela is the nephew of Osiel Cardenas Guillen." read more