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Alleged key aide to Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' Guzman captured

December 26, 2011 | 10:53 am

Army officers escort suspected cartel security chief Felipe Cabrera on Monday in Mexico City

REPORTING FROM MEXICO CITY -- A man described as a top security chief for one of the world's biggest drug lords has been captured, the Mexican army announced Monday.

Army officials presented Felipe Cabrera to reporters here at an early morning news conference. Army spokesman Gen. Ricardo Trevilla said Cabrera served as an important lieutenant in the powerful Sinaloa Cartel and for its fugitive multibillionaire leader, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

Cabrera, alias The Engineer, ran operations in parts of Durango and Chihuahua states, Trevilla said. He was captured on Friday in the Sinaloan capital of Culiacan, where authorities also seized computers and other material.

His detention constitutes a blow to "the leadership structure and operational capability" of the Sinaloa Cartel, Trevilla said. The government, in its 5-year war on drug traffickers, has been accused of going easy on the Sinaloa Cartel, something President Felipe Calderon denies.

Guzman has been on the lam since escaping from prison in 2001. Forbes magazine ranks him as one of the world's richest men.

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-- Tracy Wilkinson

Photo: Army officers escort suspected cartel security chief Felipe Cabrera on Monday in Mexico City. Credit: Yuri Cortez / AFP / Getty Images

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