Leader of Diablo Cartel Arrested in Mexicali

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    U.S. Customs and Border Protection
    U.S. officials released this image of Victor Mendoza Rojas in custody.

    A drug cartel leader considered to be the highest threat for border agents in the Campo area is in custody.

    Mexican Federal police arrested Victor Mendoza Rojas in Mexicali last week. Mendoza is the leader of the Diablo crime organization and was wanted in the U.S. for smuggling, kidnapping and extortion in San Diego’s East County.

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials attribute 173 arrests and 42 crimes in 2012 and 2013 to Mendoza’s organization.

    They say he kept a low profile because of the warrant for his arrest in the U.S. but once U.S. officials had arrested members of a partnering crime organization, Mendoza surfaced again.

    Once Mexican officials were made aware, they moved in and arrested him.

    Agents working with the San Diego and El Centro Sector Border Patrol assisted in the arrest.