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Friday, Dec. 20, 2013

Was alleged Mexicali organized crime leader Gonzalo Inzunza Inzunza, aka "El Macho Prieto," killed in a shootout with federal agents in Puerto Peñasco? Authorities say DNA tests of blood at the scene was that of Inzunza, but they have no body

      Authorities who on Wednesday said that alleged Mexicali organized crime leader Gonzalo "El Macho Prieto" Inzunza Inzunza had been killed in a shootout with federal agents in Puerto Peñasco in Sonora state said on Thursday that they did not have Inzunza's body, although they did have four other bodies. Authorities said a video indicated that Inzunza had been killed and also said that they were 99% sure that blood collected at the scene was Inzunza's as a result of DNA testing.

     National Public Safety commissioner Manuel Mondragón y Kalb told the media that other gunmen had taken Inzunza's body with them. Authorities said Insunza was chief of the Mexicali plaza for Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán's Sinaloa Cartel and owned a resort along the Sonora coast.

     Combined El Universal and Notimex story from El Mexicano.
Associated Press story.

Update, Dec. 22: El Universal reports that Inzunza had a spy in his midst who rented a villa at the Bella Sirena resort. It said the operation against Inzunza began at 4:25 a.m. Dec. 18 (Wednesday) but that the element of surprise was quickly lost because of the violent reaction of Inzunza gunmen, and that two Blackhawk helicopters and two armed planes wound up participating. It said the operation would up destroying the villa Inzunza was thought to be staying in. The story said that although they do not have Inzunza's body, they know he is dead because of the communications they intercepted. Story, PDF.
Update, Dec. 21: Associated Press story on use of armed helicopters used in the battle against Inzunza and his gunmen. Jump.
Update, Dec. 20: Tijuana's Zeta weekly claims that Inzunza had become a liability for the Sinaloa Cartel and that the cartel in essence gave him up to authorities.