May 14, 2018 / Modified may 14, 2018 5:12 p.m.

Mexico Catches Sinaloa Drug Cartel Operator in Nogales

Josue Ivan Torres Gonzalez and others were arrested in a series of raids in the Mexican city.

Nogales COVE image The border of Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Mexico is separated by a large brown metal fence. (PHOTO: AZPM)

MEXICO CITY — Mexican prosecutors say police and soldiers have detained the chief operator for the Sinaloa drug cartel in the northern border city of Nogales, across the border from Nogales, Arizona.

The suspect is identified as Josue Ivan Torres Gonzalez.

According to security officials, Torres Gonzalez smuggled heroin, meth, cocaine and immigrants to the United States through Nogales.

The officials said Monday that he and two alleged associates were arrested in a series of raids carried out by police and soldiers in Nogales, Mexico. While weapons were seized in the raids, the suspects were arrested without any shots being fired.

The government security cabinet said Torres Gonzalez had been "a cause of violence" in the area and had been the target of operations by U.S. law enforcement as well.

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