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Mexico claims death of Zetas cartel chief
 

In what could be a major blow to Mexico's powerful drug cartels, the Mexican navy said Monday night that Heriberto "El Lazca" Lazcano, the founder and principle leader of the ultra-violent Zetas criminal gang, was likely killed in a gunfight with marines on Sunday. One of the two men killed in the encounter bears "strong signs" of being Lazcano, and the navy is conducting forensic tests to make sure. If the body is, in fact, the drug kingpin, it will be a victory for outgoing President Felipe Calderon, whose six-year tenure was marked by a sharp, bloody escalation in the government's battle against the cartels.

 

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