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Posted: Thursday, May 19, 2005 12:00 am

Rival cartel leaders share roof in border prison

By SERGIO CHAPA

The Brownsville Herald

May 19, 2005 Mexican authorities on Tuesday transferred a Tijuana Cartel drug lord to a Matamoros maximum-security prison that also holds leaders from the rival Caro-Quintero Cartel.

Francisco Rafael Arellano Felix was among nine high-profile inmates transferred from the La Palma maximum-security prison outside Mexico City to two other facilities near Jalisco and Matamoros.

Officials confirmed that Arellano was one of five prisoners brought to the CEFERESO No. 3 outside of Matamoros, but would not say which of the others were brought here.

According to a written statement from the Federal Department of Public Safety (SSPF), the other prisoners were identified as Mario Cardenas Guillen, Lucio Don Juan Govea, Albino Quintero Meraz, Jose Ramirez Villanueva, Jose Luis Somoza Frasquillo, Marcos Tinoco Gancedo, Jaime Leonardo Valencia Fontes and Victor Manuel Vazquez Mireles.

The men are identified as members of drug cartels and other organized crime organizations.

According to a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency profile, Arellano was the original head of the Tijuana Cartel, which is listed as the most powerful and aggressive in Mexico.

SSPF spokesman Gustavo Castillo said in a telephone interview from Mexico City that he could not confirm which of the other eight prisoners were taken to Matamoros for security reasons.

Castillo said the same concerns prevented him from elaborating on what, if any, improved security measures were taken at the Matamoros and Jalisco prisons.

Arellano and the other four transferred inmates are now housed in the same prison as cartel leaders, brothers Rafael and Miguel Angel Caro Quintero, who have been housed in Matamoros since January.

Six guards were kidnapped and executed outside the prison four days after Miguel Angel Caro Quintero arrived at the Matamoros prison on Jan. 16.

The executions remain under investigation.

schapa@brownsvilleherald.com

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