Mexican Army Captures Chapo Guzman's Chief Security Guard

The Mexican Army announced tonight it has captured the chief security guard for Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

The army will name and "present" him to the media tomorrow. He was captured in Culiacan.

The army said the man they had arrested also ran cartel activities in Durango and southern Chihuahua state, and was responsible for carrying out secret burials of cartel victims, kidnapping, extortion and arson. They did not say if the arrest moved the military closer to capturing Guzman, an arrest that would be seen as a major victory for the government of President Felipe Calderon.

Update: The person captured is Felipe Cabrera Sarabia. It was not, as I thought, Manuel Alejandro Aponte Gomez, aka "el Bravo." (The Mexico Attorney General's office (PGR) put out a $2 million reward for Aponte Gomez 3 months ago, referring to him as "an ex-captain of the Mexican army who defected to become the head of security "El Chapo" Guzman." (Reward notice here, Google Translation here.)

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