Heriberto Lazcano, uno loco hermano

Well this is interesting…

According to an Associated Press report, the U.S. identified the body of Heriberto Lazcano, gunned down by the Mexican Navy, before Mexico’s autopsy could verify the fingerprints of the body:

“The U.S. had independently verified the identity of Zeta founder and leader Heriberto Lazcano, killed in a shootout Sunday in a northern Mexican town, before his body was stolen at about 1 a.m. Monday, according to a U.S. law enforcement official who was not authorized to speak to the press about the case” (Fox news).

I think this report speaks volumes about the kind of relationship that the U.S. has with Mexico, in that U.S. interest in identifying a potential cartel leader’s body would privilege over Mexico’s interest.

I guess this means the body really did belong to Lazcano?


About Melissa Conser

Media Studies student at UC Berkeley.
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3 Responses to Heriberto Lazcano, uno loco hermano

  1. J Mann says:

    The body was stolen?? All of this sounds so strange!!

  2. bftf2011 says:

    it is fascinating to get an image of the drug war in Mexico through an investigation of the reporting on the issue. I would be very interested to read a post about the difficulties in reporting about the drug cartels, as I understand security is an issue that also affects the way we report about drugs related crime in Mexico.

    • reportintl says:

      That is true. Journalists in Mexico are under constant threat when they report on these issues.

      A post like the one you speak of will definitely happen: I’ve been trying to track down individuals who’ve worked in Mexico as correspondents for some first-hand insight on the struggles and limitations they encountered as journalists.

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