Mexico: Zetas Boss Killed in Firefight
'Executioner' Lazcano blamed for hundreds of killings
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 9, 2012 1:16 AM CDT
This undated photo from Mexico's Attorney General's Office shows alleged Zetas cartel leader and founder Heriberto Lazcano.   (AP Photo/Mexico's Attorney General's Office, file)

(Newser) – The leader of the bloodthirsty Zetas drug cartel has apparently been killed in a firefight with marines in the northern border state of Coahuila, the Mexican navy said yesterday. The navy said there was strong evidence the body of one of two men killed in the shootout was Heriberto Lazcano, known as "El Lazca." But it added that more forensics tests would have to be carried out to confirm the identification. Lazcano, also known as "the Executioner," is suspected in hundreds of killings and the United States has offered a $5 million reward and Mexico an additional $2.3 million for information leading to his arrest.

The death of Lazcano would be a major victory for Mexican law enforcement. The Zetas cartel that he helped found with other deserters from an elite army unit went on to carry out some of Mexico's bloodiest massacres, biggest jail breaks, and fiercest attacks on authorities. The Zetas, former enforcers for the Gulf cartel who split from their old bosses in 2010, earned their notoriety for brutality by becoming the first to publicly display their beheaded rivals, most infamously two police officers in April 2006 in the resort city of Acapulco.

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clarenccharlie
Oct 11, 2012 12:59 AM CDT
let help people we don't want drug lords ,Mafia ,drugdealers take over our country they costing America in the billions a states or so, some states more America love for drugs let stop drug pusher. turn in a drug cartel, mafia boss and family let stand up against them please inform have them arrested we have problem in Hawaii to hope it dosn't come like Mexico
BCS
Oct 9, 2012 11:54 PM CDT
The Zetas didn't know how to play ball with the bigwigs apparently. Lets not get too excited about any anti corruption movements just yet. I'll brake out the party hat when the other bosses are dead, and Wells Fargo pays out the 300 billion it laundered for the cartels, to rebuild the urban projects and create jobs and businesses for those who have been victimized by the crack push. If some of the blacks that are poor and want to vote for Obama knew that he was allowing these drugs into the country, which cause mass addiction and lead to arrest for the private for profit prison system, then maybe just maybe the urban black community would feel different about him and the two party system. Imagine that, young black men placed on plantations and forced to do hard labor for a private entity. Slavery isn't over yet, and though we're all fair game, they sure do like to lock up blacks, and they've created a very efficient system to do so. Not to mention all the paying jobs that are lost because of cheap prisoner labor. 1 in 6 people in prison are in there for cannabis, and we have more prisoners than china, yet only a fourth the population.
HANKHILL
Oct 9, 2012 5:59 PM CDT
his old lady shot him! and now his body is gone! bet it was not him in the first place!