Prosecutor: Gunmen stole Zetas cartel founder Lazcano’s body from funeral home
MEXICO CITY — Mexican marines gunned down one of Mexico’s most feared drug lords outside a baseball game near the Texas border, then handed over the body to local authorities in a town where it was snatched by armed men in a pre-dawn raid on a funeral home, officials said Tuesday.
The theft of the body believed to belong to Zetas founding member Heriberto Lazcano adds a bizarre and embarrassing twist to one of the most significant victories in Mexico’s militarized battle with organized crime, two months before the man who sharply expanded it, President Felipe Calderon, leaves office.
Officials said that, with the body missing, the remaining evidence of Lazcano’s fall consists of three fingerprints and a few photos of the army special forces deserter whose brutal paramilitary tactics helped define the devastating six-year war among Mexico’s drug gangs and authorities.
The Associated Press quotes George Grayson, an expert on the Zetas and co-author of The Executioner’s Men: Los Zetas, Rogue Soldiers, Criminal Entrepreneurs and the Shadow State They Created, saying, “The Zetas take care of their dead. El Lazca was special forces. There is an esprit de corps, like the Marines. They never leave a comrade behind.”
But so obviously there was no way the Marines or the government could have known this, and put an extra couple of night watchmen outside the morgue. Ni modo. Ni Modo...