Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

10/10/2012 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Body of Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano stolen from funeral home

Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, reputed boss of the much feared and dreaded Zetas drug cartel in Mexico has been confirmed killed in a standoff with Mexican Marines. While representing the biggest takedown since Mexico's "war on drugs," it's not known if his downfall will result in halting much of the ongoing violence.

Some think that Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano's death will have little impact on the Zetas' operations. His health had been failing and he had already transferred much control of the organization to Miguel Angel Trevino Morales.

Some think that Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano's death will have little impact on the Zetas' operations. His health had been failing and he had already transferred much control of the organization to Miguel Angel Trevino Morales.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

10/10/2012 (2 years ago)

Published in Americas

Keywords: Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano, Zetas, Mexico drug cartel, Marines, standoff


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Lazcano was killed in a shootout in a small town in northern Mexico on Sunday, 130 miles from the Texas border, the country's navy said.

A onetime Special Forces soldier, Lazcano became a founding member of the Zetas, a group accused of some of the most violent massacres in the ongoing drug war

A group of armed men later stole Lazcano's body from a funeral home. Authorities had already taken fingerprints and photographs to confirm his identity.

The news of his death has brought forth many pundits to discuss what impact this will have on the ever-broiling border violence.

George Grayson, professor of government at the College of William & Mary and the author of a book on the Zetas drug cartel says that Lazcano's death "certainly weakens dramatically the Zetas."

Other analysts are ambiguous on how Lazcano's death would affect the Zetas. "Even though the head falls, there is immediately a substitute," journalist Anabel Hernandez added.

Stratfor, an intelligence firm says it expects Lazcano's death to have little impact on the Zetas' operations. The firm has pointed out that Lazcano's health had been failing and he had already transferred much control of the organization to Miguel Angel Trevino Morales.

Both the U.S. and Mexico had offered rewards of more than $7 million for information leading to his capture.

President Calderon described Lazcano as "one of the most important and most dangerous" people on Mexico's list of most wanted criminals, saying that the Zetas cartel were responsible for "countless high-impact crimes and extreme violence that many communities in the country have suffered."

The Zetas are responsible for smuggling tons of cocaine and other drugs annually to the U.S., generating many millions of dollars.

The name conjures up images both violent and dreadful in recent Mexican history: a casino fire that killed 52 people, the deaths of 72 migrants, and tortured bodies hanging from bridges.

The marines who killed Lazcano had responded Sunday to reports of an armed group in the town of Progreso, in the northern state of Coahuila.

The Zetas, based in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, directly across the border from Laredo, Texas make up Mexico's largest drug cartel in terms of territory. The group has operations in 11 Mexican states.

Another reputed Zetas leader, Ivan Velazquez Caballero, alias "El Taliban," was captured last month.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for February 2015
General Intention:
That prisoners, especially the young, may be able to rebuild lives of dignity.
Missionary Intention: That married people who are separated may find welcome and support in the Christian community.



Comments


More Americas

SNOW FUN: Eastern Canada inundated by heavy snowfall (PICTURES) Watch

Image of Snow has hammered eastern Canada is some of the heaviest snowfall in years.

By Troy Dredge, Catholic Online

Many residents in eastern Canada have resigned themselves to sitting out this winter. Massive snowfalls have left many prisoners in their homes, snow past windowsills, reaching up to roofs in many parts of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Twice as deadly: Virulent strain of AIDS now plaguing Cuba Watch

Image of A new strain of HIV in Cuba that progresses to AIDS twice as fast has many medical officials worried. Those who contract this form of HIV are left with a much shorter window in which they can seek treatment.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A new strain of HIV in Cuba that progresses to AIDS twice as fast has many medical officials worried. Those who contract this form of HIV are left with a much shorter window in which they can seek treatment. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - A deadly mix of ... continue reading


VIDEO: Snow doesn't stop Canadian super train in a spectacular video Watch

Image of The track, being completely covered with high snow, the windscreen at the front of the train likewise is also all blocked up. At this point, you'd be hard pressed to guess there was a train approaching.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A spectacular video is making the rounds, and it's just another case of a not-so-little engine that could. A Canadian freight train doesn't shy away from a massive snow bank - and plows straight through it, spreading snow all over the place in a mini-avalanche. ... continue reading


South American nation of Ecuador becomes first nation to back digital cash Watch

Image of Once the government flips the switch, the South American nation of 16 million will host the first-ever state-run electronic payment system.

By Troy Dredge, Catholic Online

The South American nation of Ecuador ditched its stumbling currency for the U.S. dollar back in 2000. Fifteen years later, Ecuador is revamping its monetary system again, this time using digital currencies. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Ecuador's Sistema de ... continue reading


Is the Cold War over? Congress pushes for end of restrictions on travel with Cuba Watch

Image of President Barack Obama and President Raul Castro have been working together to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

President Obama's inroads into warming relations between the United States and Cuba is being supported by a bipartisan group of Senators, who on Thursday unveiled a bill that would end travel restrictions for Americans who wish to visit Cuba. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Castro making demands: Won't budge an inch on Cuban sovereignty in opening relations to U.S. Watch

Image of

By Troy Dredge, Catholic Online

Cuban President Raul Castro, brother of longtime dictator Fidel Castro appears to welcome normalizing U.S. relations. His compatriots wish to end the isolation that was visited upon the Caribbean nation since the communists took over in the 1950s. However - ... continue reading


IT'S MINE! Traders, tycoons and miners all vying for possession of Brazil's 180,000-carat Bahia Emerald Watch

Image of For the time being, the gem is now held in an undisclosed Sheriff's Department location.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Ever since human eyes laid upon it in 2001, Brazil's Bahia Emerald has been caught in an ongoing tug of war between those who say the gem is rightfully theirs. Landing in an L.A. County sheriff's locker, the 180,000-carat, 840-pound behemoth has been the ... continue reading


THE RISE OF WOMEN: Negotiations between the U.S. and Cuba begin with two influential women leading the way Watch

Image of Jacobson and Vidal cover everything from human rights to tourist travels during the beginning of negotiations between Cuba and the U.S.

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

President Obama recently loosened the embargo the United States has with Cuba. Now the next step is to negotiate and work towards less hostility and normalizing the relationship between the two countries. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - At the base of these ... continue reading


Murderous gang violence plagues El Salvador every day with no end in sight, ambitious new plan offers hope Watch

Image of Gangs run the streets in El Salvador, often leaving people terrified to be out at night.

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

412 people were murdered in El Salvador during December 2014. A total of 3,942 murders occurred last year in what is now the most dangerous country in the world. A 57 percent increase than those killed in 2013. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Violent gangs have ... continue reading


AMAZING discovery - mummy mask contains fragment of the Gospel of Mark Watch

Image of A fragment of the Gospel of Mark has been found used in the mask, making it the oldest known example of Holy Scripture yet found.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A mask is frequently used to conceal an identity. This is certainly the case of a mask used to cover up a mummy. A fragment of the Gospel of Mark has been found used in the mask, making it the oldest known example of Holy Scripture yet found. Created before 90 ... continue reading


All Americas News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Psalms 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19
4 I pleaded with Yahweh my God and made this ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19
15 Costly in Yahweh's sight is the death of his ... Read More

Gospel, Mark 9:2-10
2 Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James ... Read More

Reading 2, Romans 8:31-34
31 After saying this, what can we add? If God is for ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for March 1st, 2015 Image

St. David
March 1: According to tradition, St. David was the son of King Sant of ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter