Mexican Army Kills Kingpin In Drug War Coup

By Dialogo
July 30, 2010



Mexican soldiers killed drug boss Ignacio “Nacho” Coronel on
Thursday, the first major triumph this year for President Felipe Calderon’s
war against drug cartels but one that is unlikely to end spiraling
violence.

The Mexican army shot dead Coronel, a senior member of the powerful Sinaloa
cartel, as he exchanged fire with soldiers during a raid of a wealthy residential
area in Guadalajara in western Mexico, officials said.

“Nacho Coronel tried to escape, wounding military personnel …
dying as fire was returned,” Edgar Villegas, a senior army official, told a
news conference in Mexico City.

One of the country’s most-wanted traffickers, Coronel was known as the
“King of Ice” for his multimillion-dollar methamphetamine business and
was a top lieutenant of Sinaloa leader Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman,
Mexico’s top drug lord.

Coronel, 56, was indicted in a Texas court for allegedly smuggling tonnes of
narcotics into the United States and Europe since the early 1990s. The United States
had offered up to $5 million for information leading to his capture.

Troops backed by military helicopters swarmed normally quiet streets in the
upscale residential area of Zapopan in search of Coronel, who the army said led a
low-profile life moving between two luxury houses in the area.

The killing may provide a boost for Calderon, who has staked his presidency
on winning the military campaign he launched against drug gangs in late 2006,
sending thousands of soldiers, marines and federal police to fight the drug
gangs.





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