Mario Cardenas Guillen was not among the most sought. REUTERS
The Navy arrested Mario Cardenas Guillen in an intelligence operation without violence
Jose Luis Vergara, a spokesman for the Navy (Semar) reported that at the time of his arrest, “El Gordo” or “M-1”, as he is known, was seized with three chargers loaded and two fragmentation grenades, carrying more than nine thousand U.S. dollars $ 800, four doses of cocaine, bank cards and different identifications.
Mario took command of one of the two branches Gulf cartel after his brother was killed by marine Ezekiel, the November 5, 2010.
But he has always been able to manage a low profile, so much so that he was not one of the most wanted drug lords of the Attorney General’s Office.
He was imprisoned between 1995 and 2007 on charges of drug trafficking and organized crime in 2003 was transferred Puente Grande, Jalisco, because in the Matamoros prison still operating.
The other branch of the organization is led by Jorge Eduardo Costilla Sanchez, alias “El Coss”, was a capo Osiel Cardenas right hand, and that has a reputation of being a traitor. Osiel was captured in 2003 and extradited to the United States in 2007, where he is serving a sentence of 25 years. Mario has another brother named Homer, “pestle”, who according to the magazine Contralínea, moved cocaine to Houston land, Borwnsville, Texas, and Atlanta Georgia.
Another blow to the organization after the arrest of “El Gordo”, Eduardo Costilla “El Coss”, remains as the only visible leader of the Gulf cartel, which was separated from its armed wing, “Los Zetas“, with those now waging a bloody battle for control of Tamaulipas.