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Mexican Troops Capture Esteban Luna alias “cara de chancho”, a High-Level Zetas Cartel Member.

El criminal Esteban Luna alias "cara de chancho", Jefe de los Zeta.

MEXICO CITY – A high-level member of the Los Zetas drug cartel was captured by army troops, the Mexican Defense Secretariat said.

Esteban Luna was the cartel’s boss in Monterrey, the capital of the northern state of Nuevo Leon, and was behind several attacks on army troops and a U.S. consulate, the secretariat said.

Luna took over the cartel’s operations in the industrial city after his brother, Hector Raul Luna, was arrested on June 9.

Three men and a woman were arrested along with Esteban Luna.

The three gunmen had 12 rifles, five handguns and a grenade in their possession, the secretariat said.

One of the suspects, identified as Rene Gonzalez, was behind the kidnappings of several soldiers and attacks on military personnel, the Defense Secretariat said, without providing details on the incidents.

Los Zetas gunmen were involved in an incident earlier this year at a university in Monterrey, the secretariat said.

Monterrey Institute of Technology students Jorge Antonio Mercado Alonso and Javier Francisco Arredondo Verdugo were killed on March 19 when army troops entered the campus in pursuit of suspected drug cartel gunmen during a wild chase through the streets of Monterrey, which is home to many of Mexico’s leading industrial companies.

The cartel’s hired guns were also behind the Oct. 12, 2008,