Mexican authorities said fingerprints confirmed that a suspect killed in a gun battle two days ago was the top leader of the Zetas cartel before his corpse was stolen from a funeral home by armed commandos.
Just before sunset on April 10, 2006, a DC-9 jet landed at the international airport in the port city of Ciudad del Carmen, 500 miles east of Mexico City. As soldiers on the ground approached the plane, the crew tried to shoo them away, saying there was a dangerous oil leak. So the troops grew suspicious and searched the jet.
Mexican police apprehended a suspected Texas-born drug trafficker, known as “La Barbie” for his blond hair and fair complexion, who U.S. authorities say has smuggled thousands of kilograms of cocaine into the U.S.
Former General Otto Perez Molina is likely to win Guatemala’s presidency on a pledge to wield an “iron fist” against drug cartels, a policy that may escalate Mexican-style violence in the Central American nation.
Mexican President Felipe Calderon called on political leaders, businesses and the media to unite in the fight against organized crime, the nation’s “biggest” challenge, a day after a gubernatorial candidate was shot dead.