Gulf Cartel leader arrested in Puerto Vallarta

Mexican police on Thursday arrested a former officer believed to be a regional leader of the criminal group Gulf Cartel, the National Security Commission said Friday.

Victor Manuel Perez, alias "Pantera 16" (Panther 16) or "Comandante Viento" (Commander Wind), was arrested without incident in the Pacific coast resort of Puerto Vallarta in western Mexico.

Police followed Perez's trail for six months through various states after he was identified as a key figure behind violence in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, home to Gulf Cartel, national security commissioner Renato Sales said in a statement.

During the manhunt for Perez, police . . .

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