Mexico: police arrest Acapulco cartel boss wanted in massacre

Mois√©s Montero √Ālvarez AKA “El Coreano” (The Korean), alleged to be a top leader of the Independent Cartel of Acapulco (CIDA), was captured by Mexican federal police in the wee hours of Aug. 1 in a raid of a high-end restaurant in the resort city in southern state of Guerrero. Three others were arrested with him, including Jos√© Arturo Lareta √Ālvarez AKA “El Pulpo” (The Octopus) and a 16-year-old boy. √Ālvarez was wanted in the kidnapping and killing last year of 20 Mexican tourists who were vacationing in Acapulco. The victims worked in a mechanic shop in Michoac√°n state and traveled together annually to Acapulco. Last year, 22 of the men, driving cars with Michoac√°n plates, arrived in the city, where they were apparently assumed to be members of the Michoac√°n Family, a rival of the CIDA. Two of the 22 survived because they were not with the group at the time of the mass abduction. The disappearance of the rest provoked marches by their friends and relatives in Michoac√°n, who demanded justice. (CNN, Aug. 2; Milenio, Aug. 1)

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