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Mexico says kills drug kingpin reported dead years ago

Published on Mar 10, 2014 9:43 AM

MEXICO CITY (REUTERS) - A Mexican drug lord who had been falsely reported dead more than three years ago was killed in a shootout with federal forces in western Mexico early on Sunday, the government said.

Nazario Moreno led a powerful criminal gang that has ravaged the western state of Michoacan, and was known as "El Mas Loco," or "The Craziest One."

He had been reported killed by the government in a firefight in December 2010, but his body was never recovered and he was widely believed to be still alive.

Government security spokesman Alejandro Rubido said Moreno was tracked down and found to be the undisputed leader of the main drug cartel operating in the area, The Knights Templar.

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