A man suspected of being in charge of drug smuggling for the Los Zetas cartel along the border between Guatemala and Mexico was captured by marines, the Mexican Navy Secretariat said.
William de Jesus Torres Solorzano was captured on Monday by a patrol in Puebla, the capital of the like-named state in central Mexico, the secretariat said.
Marines arrested the suspect, who was accompanied by a woman, after seeing that he had a gun in the waistband of his pants, the secretariat said.
Torres Solorzano and the woman got into separate vehicles, and "navy personnel proceeded to conduct a routine inspection on the chance that a crime was going to be committed," the secretariat said in a statement.
Torres Solorzano is suspected of being a close associate of Mauricio Cardenas Guizar, the presumed Zetas boss in southeastern Mexico.
A handgun, a rifle, dollars, pesos, ammunition clips, a hand grenade and a bag containing a white powder "with the characteristics of cocaine" were found in Torres Solorzano's vehicle, the secretariat said.
A package of what appeared to be cocaine and a grenade were found in the vehicle belonging to the woman, who identified herself as Yanela Perez Vargas, the secretariat said.
Torres Solorzano told marines that other Zetas members were at a nearby house.
Marines went to the house and "spotted a vehicle leaving" and another parked outside, the secretariat said.
Felipe de Jesus Cortes Sanchez and German de Jesus Jimenez Lopez, who was the subject of a reward of 1.5 million pesos ($110,000) being offered by the Attorney General's Office, were arrested at the house, the secretariat said.
Cortes Sanchez and Jimenez Lopez had firearms, ammunition clips and hand grenades.
Two other people were arrested at the house and marines seized four vehicles, $830,000, 950,000 pesos (worth $69,000), two rifles, three handguns, 14 ammunition clips, eight hand grenades, 203 rounds of ammunition, a bag of white powder weighing approximately one kilo, a smaller bag of white powder and other items.
The suspects and property seized in the operations were transported to Mexico City and handed over to the Siedo organized crime unit of the AG's office.
Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, known as "El Lazca," deserted from the Mexican army in 1999 and formed Los Zetas with three other soldiers, all members of an elite special operations unit, becoming the armed wing of the Gulf drug cartel.
After several years on the payroll of the Gulf cartel, Los Zetas, considered Mexico's most violent criminal organization, went into the drug business on their own account and now control several lucrative territories. EFE