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Mexico arrests suspect linked to 200 murders

MEXICO CITY--Mexican police have arrested a man accused of ordering and participating in the murders of more than 200 people, including kidnap victims, rival gang members and drug dealers, authorities said Tuesday.

Felipe Viveros Garcia, 30, was detained in the western state of Jalisco along with two other suspects, Jose Bernabe Lopez Alcaraz, 43, and Froylan Barrera Morales, 40, the national security commission said in a statement.

The three men are accused of taking part in organized crime, murder, kidnapping, extortion and gun smuggling. The statement did not say when they were captured.

Viveros Garcia operated in several towns in the states of Guerrero and Jalisco, the commission said, adding that as well as the more than 200 murders he is “linked to at least 10 documented kidnapping cases” and accused of demanding extortion payments from state authorities in Jalisco.

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