Top leader of the powerful Mexican Gulf cartel killed in gun battle

November 6, 2010

Mexican authorities have announced that drug kingpin Antonio Ezequiel Cardenas Guillen,  one of the two leaders of the Gulf Cartel was killed in a shootout Friday, just across the border from Brownsville, Texas,.  Considered one of Mexico’s most wanted drug dealers, Guillen, known as “Tony Tormenta” or Tony the Storm, was shot dead in Matamoros, Tamaulipas state, along with three of his henchmen, during a security operation in the northeastern border city that turned into a fierce gun battle. US authorities had indicted Cardenas Guillen on drug trafficking charges and offered a $5m reward for information leading to his arrest. Mexican authorities had also offered a $2m reward.  The Gulf cartel for many years has been one of Mexico’s most powerful trafficking organization, controlling police and politicians, and smuggling  into the U.S..  Cardenas Guillen’s brother, Osiel, led the Gulf Cartel until 2003  until he was arrested by Mexican authorities, and eventually extradited to the US in 2007 and sentenced to 25 years in prison by a Texas court in February this year.

Source: LA Times


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