Saturday, July 31, 2010

Successor Of El Nacho Coronel-Villareal In The Sinaloa Cartel Killed In Military Assault

By H. Nelson Goodson
July 31, 2010

Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico - On Friday, the Mexican Department of Defense (Sedena) confirmed that military forces had killed Mario Carrasco Coronel, aka "El Gallo" the nephew of Ignacio "El Nacho" Coronel-Villareal, 56, in Guadalajara, Jalisco. Carrasco Coronel tried to escape from a residence in the Rinconada de los Novelistas neighborhood by shooting and wounding a soldier. Other soldiers returned gunfire and fatally shot him.
The military forces located Carrasco Coronel through El Nacho's laptop confiscated from his uncle's safehouse mansion a day earlier. Carrasco Coronel was considered by federal authorities as the next leader to replace his uncle Coronel-Villareal in the Sinaloa Cartel leadership.
On Thursday, Sedena confirmed that Coronel-Villareal, an alleged principal partner of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman leader of the Sinaloa Cartel was killed during a confrontation with the Mexican military. Coronel-Villareal was hiding out in a residential estate of the Colinas de San Javier neighborhood near Guadalajara when 150 Mexican soldiers supported by the airforce assaulted the property.
The military found 10 luggage cases with $7 million U.S. dollars, a laptop, and jewelry at the mansion where Coronel-Villareal was fatally shot, according to Sedena.

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