A BRUTAL drug runner dubbed “Cartel Queen” has been captured by the Mexican army after allegedly kidnapping five people.
Alma Antonia Calderón García – who is the wife of a leader of one of Mexico’s most dangerous drug trafficking cartels – was arrested by authorities last week.
Also known as Almilla, she was detained following a joint operation between state and federal forces in Michoacán, Mexico.
She has been accused of kidnapping five people with her husband Lucas Fierros Mora, or El Mataguaches, who is believed to be a high ranking figure in the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.
The five victims were taken from the village of La Bocanda in December- all of whom remain missing.
They included a 68-year-old farmer, his wife, a 13-year-old child and two farm workers.
When Garcia was arrested she was caught transporting big quantities of methamphetamines.
She was reportedly already wanted for a number of cartel-related crimes.
Her husband, El Mataguaches, is accused of being involved in a series of crimes including murders, kidnappings, and bomb attacks on military personnel.
He also allegedly oversaw the trafficking of drugs through the Aguililla, about 350 miles west of Mexico City.
According to local reports, the CJNG have tried to strengthen their position in Michoacán using extreme violence to displace other criminal organisations.
The cartel is believed to be responsible for a mass grave after 47 sacks containing human remains were discovered underneath the dancefloor of a nightclub in Mexico.
Violence in Mexico has escalated in the past weeks following the arrest of El Chapo’s son Ovidio Guzman, 32.
The arrest of Ovidio, who allegedly took over as head of the Sinaloa cartel, triggered a wave of violence across Sinaloa state with authorities deploying the army into the streets.
At least 29 people died in clashes between cartel members and security forces.