Photo: El Macho Prieto
Five gunmen are confirmed dead, the result of an intense 4 hour shootout this morning in Puerto Peñasco, said the Attorney General of the State of Sonora.
Among the dead Gonzalo Inzunza Inzunza, a lieutenant in the service of the Sinaloa cartel, who in recent years was operating in the states of Sonora and Baja California.
According to witnesses the intense shootout between the gunmen and the police began at 4 am today.
“El Macho Prieto” worked for the Sinaloa cartel for more than five decades and about three years ago he was sent to coordinate the movement of drugs in the north, mainly based in Mexicali.
On June 1, 2011, the U.S. government placed him as one of the offenders subject to sanctions of the law targeting Foreign Narcotics Kingpin.
Federal police chief Manuel Mondragon said Thursday night that Inzunza’s men took his body with them. Mexico’s Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong earlier said he had received reports that the body had been stolen but would not confirm he was dead.
The Mexican government had offered a $230,000 reward for the capture of the longtime high-ranking member of the Sinaloa cartel. Inzunza, also known as “Macho Prieto,” has also been labeled a kingpin in a list by the U.S. government, making it illegal for U.S. citizens to do business with him and freezing his assets.
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