Police Capture Son of Top Sinaloa Drug Lord

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Mexican officials announced that the son of Sinaloa drug cartel leader Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada was captured on Thursday. The arrest of drug smuggler Vicente Zambada Niebla, 33, is one of the highest-profile catches of the government's two-year war on drug gangs, Reuters reports.

Residents of a posh residential area in Mexico City where they found Zambada Niebla—whose father is partner to Mexican fugitive Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman of Forbes billionaire list fame—alerted federal police. No shots were fired during the arrest.

Zambada Niebla, also known as "Vicentillo," ran smuggling operations in parts of the cartel's territory and ordered executions of rivals, said Ricardo Cabrera, a director in the drug trafficking unit of the attorney general's office.

In spite of this government victory, the Sinaloa drug cartel still wields massive power, trafficking billions of dollars a year of South American cocaine and other drugs into California and Texas, according to Reuters.

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