Mexico: Drug kingpin Ignacio Coronel killed by soldiers in gunfight

MEXICO CITY – Mexican soldiers fatally shot drug lord Ignacio “Nacho” Coronel, a high-ranking leader of the Sinoloa cartel, during a gunfight in an upscale neighborhood near the city of Guadalajara on July 29, officials said. “Nacho Coronel tried to escape, wounding military personnel ... dying as fire was returned,” Gen. Edgar Villegas, a senior army official, said during a news conference in the nation’s capital. Coronel also was nicknamed the “King of Ice” for his highly lucrative methamphetamine business and was the head lieutenant of alleged Sinaloa leader Joaquin “Shorty” Guzmán, who is the country’s most wanted man. Coronel also was wanted by the United States, as the Federal Bureau of Investigation had offered a US$5 million reward for information leading to his apprehension. [El Tiempo.com (Colombia), 29/07/2010; Reuters (Mexico), 29/07/2010; Wall Street Journal (Mexico), 29/07/2010]

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  • yehilin | 2010-08-25

    that is big news for sure