Mexico to exhume remains of slain Zetas chief's parents for DNA

MEXICO CITY Wed Oct 17, 2012 4:45pm EDT

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico said on Wednesday it will exhume the remains of the parents of slain kingpin Heriberto Lazcano to obtain genetic material and put an end to rumors the Zetas cartel is not dead after authorities lost his corpse.

Lazcano, alias "The Executioner," was the highest-profile kingpin to fall in President Felipe Calderon's crackdown on the cartels and had a $5 million bounty on his head when marines shot him dead on October 7 in the northern state of Coahuila.

Just a few hours after his death, a group of armed men seized Lazcano's corpse from a funeral home.

The navy said it had identified Lazcano from his fingerprints, but did not realize how important he was until after his body was stolen.

Mexican authorities hailed the downfall of Lazcano, but the loss of his corpse was an embarrassment in a country where belief in conspiracies and cover-ups is rife. Investigators hope they can use his parents' DNA to draw a line under the matter.

"We have located where his parents were buried (in the southeastern state of Hidalgo) and we are now trying to get permission to begin the exhumation, in order to ascertain their genetic profile," Cuitlahuac Salinas, head of Mexico's organized crime unit, told reporters.

The ultra-violent Zetas have been a big thorn in the side of Calderon, who staked his reputation on bringing the country's warring cartels to heel when he took office six years ago.

More than 60,000 people have since died in the violence.

Salinas said the identification process would not be easy as Lazcano's parents had been dead for some time. Investigators decided on the step after failing to procure DNA material from Lazcano's living sisters, he added.

The Zetas, originally comprised of army deserters, began life providing protection for the Gulf Cartel, but broke away in 2010 and became embroiled in a turf war against their ex-bosses.

The Zetas are accused of carrying out some of the most brutal atrocities in the drug war.

(Reporting by Lizbeth Diaz; Writing by Gabriel Stargardter; Editing by Dave Graham and Eric Walsh)

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malcolmkyle wrote:
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If you support prohibition then you’ve helped trigger the worst crime wave in history and raised gang warfare to a level not seen since the days of alcohol bootlegging.

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If you support prohibition you’re responsible for the horrific racial disparities which have bred generations of incarcerated and disenfranchised Afro Americans.

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Prohibition is nothing less than a grotesque dystopian nightmare. If you support it, you must be either ignorant, stupid, brainwashed, corrupt, or criminally insane.

Oct 18, 2012 3:24am EDT  --  Report as abuse
malcolmkyle wrote:
During alcohol prohibition in the 1920s, all profits went to enrich thugs and criminals. Young men died every day on inner-city streets while battling over turf. A fortune was wasted on enforcement that could have gone on treatment. On top of the budget-busting prosecution and incarceration costs, billions in taxes were lost. Finally the economy collapsed. Sound familiar?

If you support prohibition then you’ve helped trigger the worst crime wave in history and raised gang warfare to a level not seen since the days of alcohol bootlegging.

If you support prohibition you’ve a helped create a black market with massive incentives to hook both adults and children alike.

If you support prohibition you’ve helped put previously unknown and contaminated drugs on the streets, and helped to make these dangerous substances available in schools and prisons.

If you support prohibition you’ve helped create a prison-for-profit synergy with drug lords and terrorists.

If you support prohibition you’ve helped escalate the number of people on welfare who can’t find employment due to their felony status.

If you support prohibition you’re responsible for the horrific racial disparities which have bred generations of incarcerated and disenfranchised Afro Americans.

If you support prohibition you’ve helped evolve local gangs into transnational enterprises, gifted them intricate power structures that reach into every corner of society, helped them gain control of vast swaths of territory, and put significant social and military resources at their disposal.

Prohibition is nothing less than a grotesque dystopian nightmare. If you support it, you must be either ignorant, stupid, brainwashed, corrupt, or criminally insane.

Oct 18, 2012 3:25am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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