November 7th, 2011
12:04 PM ET

Mexican army arrests top Tijuana cartel lieutenant

Mexico City (CNN) - Authorities have arrested a top lieutenant of the Arellano Felix cartel, the Mexican defense ministry announced Monday.

Juan Francisco Sillas Rocha, 34, "is considered one of the most violent subjects responsible for countless killings," defense ministry spokesman Col. Ricardo Trevilla Trejo told reporters.

Sillas, also known as "The Wheel," has been one of the key lieutenants in a brutal turf war over drug-trafficking territory with the Sinaloa Cartel, the defense ministry said in a statement.

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  1. Jj

    One down, four more in line to take his place

    November 7, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RUFFNUTT ( Somalian pirate & fisherman & kcmo resident )

    they should release him... he is a champion for mother nature... helping reduce the strain on the ecosystem..

    November 7, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ruffnutt

    The wheel on the cartel goes round and round....

    November 7, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    @Jj: true!

    November 7, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. cyclobrown

    to hear them tell it everyone they capture is a "top lieutenant" or "leader". i doubt there are enough bullets in Mexico to kill every cartel drug gonnabe

    November 7, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Andreas Moser

    Expect another prison escape soon.

    November 7, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. kim

    The wheel I hope they stopped the Wheel from rolling his drugs and killing the innocent Mexican people. Those drug cartels are no joke and its a sad fact people don't take the crimes they committed serious if they do enough is not being done to stop all cartel and the senseless violence.

    November 7, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. s kel

    why not just kill the sob

    November 7, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. kathy

    I believe they should castrate this low-life!!

    November 7, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Paulo

    $5.00 says he "escapes" within a month.

    November 8, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |