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Obama congratulates President of Mexico for police action against major drug cartel

WASHINGTON .- The U.S. president, Barack Obama, congratulated his Mexican counterpart, Felipe Calderon, today, for the police operation on Friday in which Ezequiel Cardenas Guillen, one of the leaders of the Gulf Cartel, died.

Obama spoke by telephone with Calderon and “reaffirmed U.S. support in Mexico’s efforts to end the impunity of organized criminal groups after yesterday’s operation in Matamoros,” the White House said in a statement.

C├írdenas, named “Tony Tormenta,” was killed in a shootout with the army in Matamoros, on the border with Texas in the Gulf of Mexico.

Washington offered $5 million dollars for his capture, and Mexico 2.5 million.
Cardenas was the brother of the former head of the Gulf Cartel, Osiel Cardenas Guillen, who was extradited to the United States in 2007 while serving a sentence in Mexico since 2003.

The state of Tamaulipas lives under ongoing violence due to the clash between the Gulf Cartel and the Zetas, who are fighting for the control of drug trafficking into the United States, the world’s largest consumer of cocaine.

The Zetas are accused of the slaughter of 72 illegal immigrants in late August.
IN all of Mexico, the “war on the cartels,” has cost the lives of 28,000 people since the start of Felipe Calderon’s presidency on December 2006.