Reporting from Mexico City — A high-ranking member of the Zetas crime group suspected of widespread drug trafficking has been arrested, Mexican officials said Thursday.
Carlos Oliva Castillo, known as "Frog," was captured Wednesday in the northern city of Saltillo, where he allegedly ran drug-trafficking operations spanning several states, said Col. Ricardo Trevilla, spokesman for the armed forces.
Gunmen sought to rescue Oliva by trying to distract soldiers with gunfire around the city, authorities said. Hours-long shooting rattled residents and prompted officials to ask people to remain indoors for much of the day.
Trevilla described Oliva as "one of the most important leaders" of the Zetas, and said he ranked just below the two men in charge of the group, Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano and Miguel Angel Trevino Morales.