July 29th, 2010
08:49 PM ET

Mexican drug lord killed in raid, officials say

Ignacio "Nacho" Coronel, a top leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel, was killed Thursday during a military raid in a suburb of Guadalajara, Mexico, sources with knowledge of the operation told CNN en Español.

Mexican defense officials were expected to announce what would be a major victory for President Felipe Calderon at a news conference Thursday night.

Coronel is close to the top leader of the Sinaloa cartel and Mexico's most wanted man, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

In addition to eliminating a major drug trafficker, the raid could also dampen criticism against the federal government that it favors the Sinaloa cartel compared to other drug trafficking organizations it is fighting.


Filed under: Crime • Drug violence • Mexico
soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. steve

    The cartel as a hundred to tke his place,the main leaders are in the US, this guy they are getting are puppets.

    July 29, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Smith in Oregon

    The Karzai Clan are the largest exporters of Heroin in the entire world and supplied with nearly free unlimited free American taxpayer dollars to flood Russia, the Middle East and rural America with cheap heroin, seems like a double standard to me. Ignacio "Nacho" Coronel should have simply moved his operations to Afghanistan and put on the CIA payroll along with the other drug lords.

    If Ignacio "Nacho" Coronel had the foresight to move his operation to Afghanistan, the CIA would have provided him with unlimited American taxpayer dollars to continue his role as a drug lord.

    July 30, 2010 at 3:43 am | Report abuse |