Published On: Tue, Oct 9th, 2012

Mexican navy confirms death of Heriberto Lazcano, leader of Zetas drug cartel, body stolen

Mexico’s Navy said on Tuesday that fingerprint tests had confirmed that Heriberto Lazcano was killed in a firefight in the northern state of Coahuila on Sunday afternoon.

Heriberto ”The Executioner” Lazcano, head of the Zetas drug gang, is seen in this undated police handout file photo.

Lazcano, aka “The Executioner,” the leader of the Zetas drug cartel was killed at a baseball about 80 outside of Texas after a firefight with Mexican authorities.

A group of armed men raided the funeral home where the bodies were being kept and took the corpse in one of the funeral home’s cars, Coahuila state Attorney General Homero Ramos said.

Lazcano had a $5 million bounty on his head and was the highest profile drug lord to be killed or captured in a military offensive launched when President Felipe Calderon took office in late 2006.

Fingerprints taken from the body before it disappeared confirmed it was the corpse of Lazcano.

The former Mexican army commando was leader of the notorious Zetas cartel and is suspected to have masterminded hundreds of killings, including the June 2004 slaying of Francisco Ortiz Franco, a top editor of a crusading weekly newspaper in Tijuana that often reported on drug trafficking.

“Information was obtained after the first forensics tests were carried out that yielded indications that suggest that one of the bodies is Heriberto Lazcano,” the navy’s statement said.

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