Alleged Mexican Drug Lord Ignacio “Nacho” Coronel Killed During Military Raid
July 30, 2010 By Staff
Top Story — An alleged top leader in Mexico’s violent Sinaloa drug cartel was killed Thursday by the Mexican military during a raid on a safehouse in a suburb of Guadalajara.
Ignacio “Nacho” Coronel, who was allegedly the right-hand man of Sinaloa leader Joaquín “Shorty” Guzman, was shot by the military when a gunfight erupted during the raid.
Coronel, known as the “King of Crystal,” was believed to be “the forerunner in producing massive amounts of methamphetamine in clandestine laboratories in Mexico, then smuggling it into the U.S,” and his organization was “known to work directly with Colombian sources of supply by purchasing multiton quantities of cocaine,” according to the FBI, which had offered a $5 million reward for his capture.
The Mexican government sent 150 soldiers and two helicopters to apprehend Coronel, who allegedly opened fire on soldiers before being shot to death. A military source confirmed the raid but declined to give any more information, according to AFP.
The BBC reports that Mexican media quoted Mexican Ministry of Defense officials as saying his death would seriously disrupt Sinaloa cartel operations. The Sinaloa cartel is believed to be one of the most powerful drug trafficking organizations operating on Mexico, with reports surfacing earlier this year that the cartel edged out rivals after a two-year battle for control of the lucrative drug routes through the border town of Ciudad Juarez.
The news came as the U.S. announced it would temporarily close its consulate in Ciudad Juarez to “review its security posture.” No reason for the security review was given, CNN reports.
Since Mexican President Felipe Calderón declared an offensive against the drug cartels in 2006, over 25,000 people have been killed.
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