Gulf Cartel finance operator captured nine years after jailbreak

Mexico's Attorney General's Office Photo

Mexican marines have recaptured a suspected trafficker who had been arrested 13 years earlier along with the man who was to become the Gulf Cartel's top leader.

The Mexican navy says Manuel Alquisires Garcia is the cartel's alleged finance officer.

Authorities say Alquisires, aka "El Meme," was captured in June 1998 along with former Gulf Cartel leader Osiel Cardenas Guillen.

Cardenas was sentenced to 25 years in prison by a U.S. court.

Prosecutors said Monday that Alquisires escaped a prison in Matamoros, across the border from Brownsville, Texas, in 2002 and had evaded authorities until Saturday, when marines arrested him in the city of Tampico.

Alquisires is suspected of trafficking cocaine from Guatemala.