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Alleged gang boss is arrested

June 12, 2008|Richard Marosi

An alleged Baja California gang leader wanted by Mexican federal authorities has been arrested in Riverside, U.S. authorities said.

Jose Manuel Garibay Felix, 24, headed a Mexicali-based gang involved in drug trafficking, kidnapping and the murder of a Baja California state police officer in 2002, according to the complaint.

At a raid on his property in 2002, Mexican authorities discovered a weapons' cache that included a .60-caliber rocket launcher, a machine gun, an AK47 and several other high-powered weapons.

FBI agents arrested Garibay on Friday at a Department of Motor Vehicles office. He had applied for a drivers' license in 2007, according to the complaint. U.S. authorities are coordinating his extradition to Mexico.

-- Rich Marosi

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