Body of Zetas Drug Cartel Leader Lazcano Stolen
The body of the leader of a Mexican drug cartel, who was killed in a shootout with marines, has been stolen by an armed gang, state officials say.
The corpse of Heriberto Lazcano, founder of the brutal Los Zetas gang, was being stored by the authorities at a funeral parlour in northern Mexico.
The Mexican navy said tests confirmed that the man killed was Lazcano.
Infamous for mass killings, the Zetas control key drug-trafficking routes in north-eastern Mexico.
Lazcano, also known as “the executioner”, was killed in a gun battle with marines on Sunday in Progreso, some 125km (80 miles) west of the Texan border in Coahuila state, the navy said.
It added that fingerprints and photographs of the body were taken before it was handed over to the local authorities in Coahuila.
Early on Monday, a group of armed men raided the funeral parlour where the corpse was being kept, and stole it, attorney general Homero Ramos told a news conference on Tuesday.
His statement came shortly after the navy confirmed the identity of the body as Lazcano’s, saying the fingerprints matched those on its database. The photographs of the body were also made public.