Major drug ring suspect detained on his birthday

Mexican police say they have captured a suspected drug kingpin.

Authorities say the man, Gilberto Barragan Balderas, was arrested Friday in the border town of Reynosa, across from McAllen, in the U.S. state of Texas, at what appears to have been his birthday party.

Police say Barragan was a leading member of the Gulf drug cartel who was in charge of defending some of the gang’s main smuggling routes into the United States from the rival Zeta cartel.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration had offered a $5 million reward for information leading to Barragan’s capture. Mexican officials say two of Barragan’s alleged associates were also arrested Friday.

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