The body of one of Mexico’s most wanted men who was killed in a shootout with marines has been stolen from a funeral home.
Heriberto Lazcano, the head of the Zetas drugs gang, was suspected of murdering hundreds of people.
Dubbed ‘The Executioner’, he was shot dead in the northern state of Coahuila on Sunday.
According to Homero Ramos, the state’s attorney general:
“Forensics experts carried out an comparative analysis of the body with the photos experts had of Lazcano, resulting in a positive match.”
His corpse was later taken by an armed gang.
Another Zetas leader known as “The Squirrel” was picked up on Saturday. Alfonso Martinez Escobedo was detained with a huge cache of weapons and ammunition in the city of Nuevo Laredo.
Zetas is one of the most deadly Mexican drug-cartels, with a membership of 10,000 gunmen. Its operations stretch from the Texas border deep into Central America.
More than 60,000 people have been killed during the Mexican government’s six-year war on drugs