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Mexican Authorities: Cartel Leader's Body Stolen from Funeral Home

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Posted: Oct 9, 2012 11:42 AM

Updated: Oct 9, 2012 12:20 PM

MEXICO CITY - The attorney general in Coahuila said two armed gunmen stole the body one of the most infamous cartel figures in Mexico. He said the body of Heriberto Lazcano was taken from the funeral home the military was using.

The Mexican military said Lazcano died in a firefight in the state of Coahuila, which is located next to Tamaulipas.

According to the Mexican military, forensic experts ran several tests to verify the man killed was Lazcano. They compared his fingerprints and checked his index, middle and thumb fingers against Lazcano's criminal record. They also say they compared his facial features and took a DNA sample.

Drug war analyst Sylvia Longmire calls Lazcano's death a symbolic victory. She says, "Los Zetas have grown to become the largest threat to security in Mexico and the United States. He was one of the founding members. He ran Zetas for a decade."

However, Longmire doesn't expect Lazcano's death to cause major changes for the cartel. In August, he handed over power to Miguel Angel Trevino, his second-in-command.

"As far as his disappearance form the narco fold in Mexico, I don't think it's going to have any impact on how Zetas go about their business," she added.

Topics: Heriberto lazcano, Coahuila, zetas, body stolen

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