Mexico police arrest an alleged leader of Jalisco cartel

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MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's federal police commissioner says his force has arrested a principle operator of a drug cartel in western Jalisco state that is the country's fastest growing international criminal organization.

Enrique Galindo says Ivan Cazarin Molina, 31, also known as Victor Hugo Delgado Renteria, was arrested after a six-month intelligence operation. He was detained with three others accused of drug trafficking, extortion, petroleum thefts and homicide, Galindo said Wednesday.

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Mexican soldiers escort Jose Serna Padilla aka 'El zopilote' an alleged member of the drug cartel 'Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion' during his presentation to the press on March 18, 2012 in Guadalajara City, Mexico. Serna Padilla was arrested during a military operation in the small town of Zapotiltic in the Jalisco State. AFP PHOTO/Hector Guerrero (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
A firefighter help in traffic in the Guadalajara - Autlan highway, Jalisco state, Mexico, on May 1, 2015.More than a dozen vehicles were set on fire on Friday across Guadalajara, Mexico's second biggest city, while a drug gang and authorities clashed in another part of Jalisco state. Authorities have not said who was responsible for the violence, but it came amid an escalation of violence by the Jalisco New Generation Drug Cartel, which killed 20 police officers in two ambushes in March and April. AFP PHOTO/Hector Guerrero (Photo credit should read HECTOR GUERRERO/AFP/Getty Images)
Firefighters work on a burned truck in the Guadalajara - Autlan highway, Jalisco state, Mexico, on May 1, 2015. More than a dozen vehicles were set on fire on Friday across Guadalajara, Mexico's second biggest city, while a drug gang and authorities clashed in another part of Jalisco state. Authorities have not said who was responsible for the violence, but it came amid an escalation of violence by the Jalisco New Generation Drug Cartel, which killed 20 police officers in two ambushes in March and April. AFP PHOTO/Hector Guerrero (Photo credit should read HECTOR GUERRERO/AFP/Getty Images)
Firefighters work on a burned truck in the Guadalajara - Autlan highway, Jalisco state, Mexico, on May 1, 2015. More than a dozen vehicles were set on fire on Friday across Guadalajara, Mexico's second biggest city, while a drug gang and authorities clashed in another part of Jalisco state. Authorities have not said who was responsible for the violence, but it came amid an escalation of violence by the Jalisco New Generation Drug Cartel, which killed 20 police officers in two ambushes in March and April. AFP PHOTO/Hector Guerrero (Photo credit should read HECTOR GUERRERO/AFP/Getty Images)
Federal policemen secure the highway bewteen Guadalajara in Jalisco state and Leon city, in Guanajuato State, Mexico, on May 01, 2015. More than a dozen vehicles were set on fire on Friday across Guadalajara, Mexico's second biggest city, while a drug gang and authorities clashed in another part of Jalisco state. Authorities have not said who was responsible for the violence, but it came amid an escalation of violence by the Jalisco New Generation Drug Cartel, which killed 20 police officers in two ambushes in March and April. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Firefighters work on a burned bus in the highway bewteen Guadalajara in Jalisco state and Leon city, in Guanajuato State, Mexico, on May 01, 2015. More than a dozen vehicles were set on fire on Friday across Guadalajara, Mexico's second biggest city, while a drug gang and authorities clashed in another part of Jalisco state. Authorities have not said who was responsible for the violence, but it came amid an escalation of violence by the Jalisco New Generation Drug Cartel, which killed 20 police officers in two ambushes in March and April. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of Mexican Army stand guard in the highway bewteen Guadalajara in Jalisco state and Leon city, in Guanajuato State, Mexico, on May 01, 2015. More than a dozen vehicles were set on fire on Friday across Guadalajara, Mexico's second biggest city, while a drug gang and authorities clashed in another part of Jalisco state. Authorities have not said who was responsible for the violence, but it came amid an escalation of violence by the Jalisco New Generation Drug Cartel, which killed 20 police officers in two ambushes in March and April. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
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Though Galindo didn't name the group, Jalisco is home to the Jalisco Cartel New Generation.

In just a few years, New Generation has grown from being an offshoot of the Sinaloa cartel to one of Mexico's strongest criminal groups, according to the U.S. Treasury Department, whose Office of Foreign Assets Control maintains a "black list" of drug trafficking organizations.

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