Regional kingpin of Los Zetas cartel slain in east Mexico

They tried to steal the body from the funeral

Authorities in the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz reported today the death of nine members of organized crime in the last 48 hours; these deaths are related to another death of a regional leader of the Zetas cartel.

Official reports confirmed that on Thursday an armed group exchanged gunfire against soldiers of the Mexican Army and Navy in the town of Cordova, which is located in the central highlands of Veracruz.

In the clash were killed five alleged drug traffickers by the Mexican military forces, including Enrique Uscanga Angel Marin, alias "The Pokemon", who was identified as the leader of Los Zetas in that region.

On Friday night, another armed group tried to recover the body of the criminal leader which was veiled in a local funeral home, but the offenders were repelled by elements of the Navy.

According to a statement from the State Attorney General, during the failed attempt to rescue the body, four gunmen were killed by the military.

Elements assigned to the federal-state program "A Safer Veracruz," secured a perimeter in the area to prevent civilians from being affected.

Ministry officials soon after arrived to attest to the facts and initiate measures of law, and seized a vehicle, weapons and a grenade.

In the past two years, the state of Veracruz has been the scene of a war between drug cartels and military forces, which not too long ago launched the special operation "A Safer Veracruz" in October 2011 in coordination with the State Government.

"Los Zetas" is a group that was formed by ex-military members of the Mexican army and was initially the armed wing of the Gulf cartel, which separated from them in 2010. Since then Los Zetas has starred in some of the bloodiest episodes of violence related to organized crime in Mexico.


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