Mexican military officials have arrested a regional leader of the brutal Los Zetas drug cartel in the 2010 killing of a U.S. citizen who was fatally shot in an ambush by six Mexican pirates in two boats on Falcon Lake near Zapata, Texas.
David Michael Hartley, 30, of McAllen, Texas, was riding with his wife on personal watercraft on the lake when the daylight shooting occurred. Mr. Hartley’s wife, Tiffany, tried circling back to pull him from the water, but was forced to retreat after being fired at by the gunmen.
The suspect, captured after a gunfight Saturday with Mexican marines in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, was identified as Salvador Alfonso Martinez Escobar, a regional leader of the Zetas’ organization in three Northern Mexico states — Coahuila, Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon.
Martinez, known as “The Squirrel” and “Commander Squirrel,” also is suspected of being the ringleader of a 2010 massacre in Tamaulipas in which 72 migrants from South America and Central America were killed as they tried to make their way to a checkpoint on the U.S.-Mexico border.
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