A reputed drug kingpin wanted in connection with the slaughter of nine Guatemalan police officers was apprehended in neighboring Mexico, Guatemala's President Otto Perez Molina said Friday.
Eduardo Villatoro Cano was arrested in the wee hours in Tuxtla Gutierrez, capital of the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, the president told reporters.
The fugitive was going under a false name, but Mexican police were able to identify him using photos and fingerprints, Perez Molina said.
Arrested along with Villatoro Cano was his cousin, Edgar Waldiny Herrera Villatoro, who is also wanted by Guatemalan authorities.
With the latest arrests, authorities have "dismantled" the structure of drug traffickers and killers-for-hire that was behind the slayings of nine Guatemalan police in June, the president said.
On the night of June 13, attackers wearing ski-masks arrived at the police barracks in Salcaja, Quetzaltenango province, entered the building and shot the officers - some of whom were in bed - at close range.
Villatoro Cano and his cousin will be handed over to Guatemala later Friday, Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla said.
Dubbed "Operation Dignity," the probe of the massacre has led so far to the arrest of 36 people.
Teams carrying out the arrests confiscated 33 handguns and 12 rifles, large amounts of cash in dollars, Guatemalan quetzales and Mexican pesos, and 75 vehicles.
Besides the police deaths, Villatoro Cano's outfit is thought to be responsible for more than 100 homicides in Huehuetenango province, bordering Mexico. EFE