|
|
|
|
Search: 
Latin American Herald Tribune
Venezuela Overview
Venezuelan Embassies & Consulates Around The World
Sites/Blogs about Venezuela
Venezuelan Newspapers
Facts about Venezuela
Venezuela Tourism
Embassies in Caracas

Colombia Overview
Colombian Embassies & Consulates Around the World
Government Links
Embassies in Bogota
Media
Sites/Blogs about Colombia
Educational Institutions

Stocks

Commodities
Crude Oil
US Gasoline Prices
Natural Gas
Gold
Silver
Copper

Euro
UK Pound
Australia Dollar
Canada Dollar
Brazil Real
Mexico Peso
India Rupee

Antigua & Barbuda
Aruba
Barbados
Cayman Islands
Cuba
Curacao
Dominica

Grenada
Haiti
Jamaica
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Belize
Costa Rica
El Salvador
Honduras
Nicaragua
Panama

Bahamas
Bermuda
Mexico

Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Guyana
Paraguay
Peru
Uruguay

What's New at LAHT?
Follow Us On Facebook
Follow Us On Twitter
Most Viewed on the Web
Popular on Twitter
Receive Our Daily Headlines


  HOME | Mexico

Mexican Drug Lord’s Nephew Dies While in Marine Corps Custody

CULIACAN, Mexico – A nephew of Damaso Lopez Nuñez, who is suspected of succeeding Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman as the leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel, died from a heart attack following his arrest by Mexican marines, Sinaloa state Attorney General Juan Jose Rios Estavillo told EFE.

“After being arrested by marine corps members in the city of Eldorado, (David Lopez) suffered a heart attack while being transported to be handed over to” prosecutors, Rios Estavillo said.

The 47-year-old Lopez, a suspected Sinaloa cartel member, was in possession of several weapons, the state AG said.

“Between 4 am and 5 am (Monday), marine corps members entered and took away” Lopez, a relative told EFE.

Marines launched an operation in San Diego, a village outside Culiacan, using several vehicles with air support from a helicopter, officials said.

David Lopez was in the inner circle of his uncle, who was arrested on Tuesday in Mexico City along with close associate Victor Giovanni Gonzalez without a shot being fired.

Damaso Lopez Nuñez, known as “El Licenciado” (The College Graduate), was detained in Anzures, an upscale neighborhood in the Mexican capital.

Lopez Nuñez was considered Guzman’s successor as leader of the powerful cartel following El Chapo’s capture in Los Mochis, a city in the northwestern state of Sinaloa, in January 2016.

Reports said Lopez Nuñez, who was Guzman’s right-hand man, was in the best position within the criminal organization to take the top spot.

Lopez Nuñez, however, got into a power struggle with El Chapo’s sons and Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, who shared the Sinaloa cartel’s leadership with Guzman, who was extradited to the US on Jan. 19.

The war for control of the cartel between Lopez Nuñez and Guzman’s sons, Jesus Alfredo and Ivan Archivaldo, has left at least 500 people dead this year.

The Sinaloa cartel, sometimes referred to by Mexican officials as the Pacific cartel, is the oldest drug cartel in Mexico.

The Sinaloa organization, according to intelligence agencies, is a transnational business empire that operates in the United States, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, the Americas and Asia.

 

Enter your email address to subscribe to free headlines (and great cartoons so every email has a happy ending!) from the Latin American Herald Tribune:

 

Copyright Latin American Herald Tribune - 2005-2015 © All rights reserved