The capture of alleged Tijuana drug trafficker Teodoro “El Teo” Garcia Simental marks the third high-profile take-down of a Mexican drug trafficker in less than a month. He is considered among the most vicious traffickers in the country.
One might call it Mexican President Felipe Calderon's own drug war hat-trick.
Today Mexican officials announced the capture of alleged Tijuana drug trafficker Teodoro “El Teo” Garcia Simental, believed to be behind a recent spate of gruesome violence in the troubled border town. His arrest marks the third high-profile take-down of a Mexican drug trafficker in less than a month.
It's a much-needed political victory for President Calderon, who, despite dispatching 45,000 troops across the country to stop organized crime, had not been able to boast of many high-profile arrests in his first three years in office.
And while some critics say it will make little difference in the nation-wide fight to clamp down on crime that has sullied Mexico’s reputation worldwide, it definitely bodes well for the region.
“This is a big deal for Baja California, and particularly for Tijuana, because of the very violent tendencies exhibited by ‘El Teo’ and his organization,” says David Shirk, a Woodrow Wilson Center fellow and professor at the University of San Diego.