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Mexico says top Sinaoloa cartel man busted

May 11, 2011 at 12:11 AM

MEXICALI, Mexico, May 11 (UPI) -- Mexican police say they have arrested the man at the top off the Baja California most-wanted list, an alleged leader in the Sinaloa cartel.

Hector Eduardo Guajardo Hernandez, nicknamed El Guicho, was taken into custody Monday in the state capital, Mexicali, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported. Guajardo attempted to flee police and was wounded during the chase, while one of his alleged associates was killed, police said.

A spokesman for the Baja California Preventive Police called Guajardo "the most wanted man in Baja California." In a statement, the agency said he is believed to have been involved in a number of kidnappings and killings.

Investigators said the Sinaloa Cartel has been trying to replace the Arellano Felix Cartel in Baja California.

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