The Mexican Attorney General’s Office reported the death of of the head of operations for the drug trafficking organization known as the Zetas in the state of Tabasco, according to the Mexican daily El Milenio

Officials located the whereabouts of the Zetas member, Gabriel Garcia Carballo, alias “El Arabe,” after an extensive investigation, following his trail to a safehouse in a the mountain town of Puyacatengo.

Upon seeing federal authorities, ‘The Arab’ and members of his security team opened fire and attempted to flee the scene in an armored vehicle, but were detained after a brief firefight. Although Garcia was killed in the shootout, officials captured three of his accomplices, including Didier Saul Hernandez Alvarez, alias “El Gordo,” the Tobasco cell’s third in command.  The death is a significant strike against the Zetas’ operations in the state.

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