Jose de Jesus Mendez, aka "El Chango" or "The Monkey", was captured in the central state of Aguascalientes at a routine highway checkpoint. Not a single shot was fired as he was taken into custody, MSNBC.com reports.
President Felipe Calderon took to Twitter to congratulate the authorities on their bounty, calling it a "major blow" to organized crime. Based in Calderon's home state of Michoacan, La Familia "uses pseudo-Christian ideology while gruesomely decapitating foes and selling cocaine and methamphetamine by the ton."
It's not yet clear if this was a chance encounter or part of a bigger, coordinated operation. If there was a tipster involved, the payout could be huge — there was a $2.5 million bounty on Mendez's head. [MSNBC, photo via AP]