DEA Announces Arrest of Top La Familia Cartel Member
AUG 03 - WASHINGTON, DC – DEA Acting Administrator Michele M. Leonhart today announced the arrest of Miguel Angel BERRAZA Villa, a key member of La Familia Michoacana, one of Mexico’s most ruthless and violent drug cartels.
“The arrest in Mexico of Miguel Angel Berraza Villa, a.k.a. ‘La Troca,’ a high-ranking lieutenant in the La Familia drug cartel, is the result of the resolute partnership between the DEA and Mexican law enforcement,” said DEA Acting Administrator Michele M. Leonhart. “Together with our Mexican counterparts, we will continue attacking the La Familia Cartel, which not only controls the methamphetamine supply in several U.S. cities, but also has been the source of unprecedented violence in Michoacan, including the recent kidnapping and murder of 12 federal police officers.”
At approximately 7 p.m. local time on August 1 st, Mexican police detained “La Troca” and Salomon FIGUEROA-Harrison, a cartel associate, in Apatzingan, Michoacan.
La Troca was identified as a significant meth trafficker based in Apatzingan, Michoacan. DEA and Mexican law enforcement officials had identified him as the individual who took over the cartel duties of Arnoldo RUEDA Medina, a.k.a. “La Minsa,” who was arrested in late July by Secretaria de Seguridad Publica (SSP).
These arrests further illustrate the leadership and resolve of President Calderon and the Government of Mexico. DEA joint efforts with Mexico have produced unprecedented successes: