Zetas founder Galindo Mellado Cruz is “believed to be among five gunman shot dead by the [Mexican] Army on” May 9.
Cruz is “accused of being one of the original members of the Zetas, which first emerged as a group of enforcers for the Gulf Cartel.”
According to BBC News, the gun fight that cost Cruz his life took place in “the northeastern state of Tamaulipas.” He “was on the run after escaping from prison where he had been jailed after being accused of armed robbery, rape and murder.”
One soldier was killed in the gun fight as well.
BBC News quoted Associated Press sources indicating Cruz “no longer held a command position within the Zetas…[but was] one of the 30 ex-special forces members to found the group.”
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