Mexico nabs leader of cult-like La Familia cartel

Jose de Jesus Mendez Vargas, aka, "El Chango" or "The Monkey," alleged leader of Mexican La Familia drug cartel, looks on during his presentation to the press in Mexico City, Wednesday, June 22, 2011. Mendez was arrested at a federal police checkpoint in the Mexican central state of Aguascalientes Tuesday, without confrontation or casualties according to authorities. The government had offered a $2.5 million reward for his capture. (AP Photo/Miguel Tovar)

June 22, 2011 9:42:27 AM PDT
Federal authorities apprehended the leader of the cult-like, pseudo-Christian La Familia cartel on Tuesday, saying they had dealt a debilitating blow to a major organized crime group that terrorized western Mexico.