Cartel leader accused in deadly casino attack arrested
Mexican Army soldiers stand with Carlos Oliva Castillo.
October 13th, 2011
01:08 PM ET

Cartel leader accused in deadly casino attack arrested

A top Zetas drug cartel leader - who allegedly ordered the attack and arson at a casino that killed 52 - has been captured, Mexican defense officials said Thursday.

Carlos Oliva Castillo, alias "La rana," or frog, was arrested Wednesday at a safehouse without a single shot being fired, the country's Ministry of Defense said.

Possibly the No. 3 man in the criminal organization, Oliva Castillo allegedly oversaw criminal operations for the cartel in three Mexican states. He was captured in Saltillo, Mexico.

Though he was arrested without incident, the cartel tried to distract troops by attacking security forces in different parts of the city, the defense ministry said.

The Zetas' rescue ploy failed.

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  1. Jj

    wow they actually caught one of those thugs?! good for them!

    October 13, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    He caused the deaths of untold innocents.

    October 13, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. leeintulsa

    I've been to saltillo. South of mexico city – silver capital of the world. Small town, picturesque. Big public square and market, mariachi band.. And never in the world the place you'd find a dude like that..

    October 13, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Hey, leeintulsa.
    Well, apparently, they did...

    October 13, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. leeintulsa

    When i was a kid, we did a fam vaca road trip down there. Went through laredo. Stayed in monterrey, san luis potosi, mexico city, and saltillo. It was awesome.

    Alot safer back then, though in saltillo someone broke into our cartop carrier. Stole all my dirty clothes, with my money in my pocket.. 🙁

    October 13, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
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