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Mexico Arrests Suspected Drug Kingpin 


Mexican television reports have challenged claims by the Mexican government that it has captured Vicente Carrillo, leader of the powerful Juarez drug cartel.

A spokesman for President Vicente Fox had said Monday that a man believed to be the head of the illegal drug operation was arrested in a Mexico City shopping mall Saturday.

But, while prosecutors await the results of DNA tests to check the man's identity, television reports are saying the man arrested is actually Joaquin Romero Aparicio, an architect who simply resembles the drug kingpin.

Vicente Carrillo (Fuentes) reportedly has had extensive plastic surgery to change his appearance. He is the brother of former cartel leader Amado Carrillo, who died during a botched plastic surgery operation in 1997.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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