BROWNSVILLE — One of Mexico's most powerful drug kingpins was taken down Friday in a spectacular military offensive that killed as many as 58 people and had residents in the border city of Matamoros cowering as gunbattles raged throughout their city.
Alejandro Poiré, Mexico City-based spokesman for Mexico's federal security forces, said Antonio Ezequiel Cárdenas Guillén, the Gulf Cartel leader also known as “Tony Tormenta,” was killed along with three other criminals by Mexican army and navy forces engaged against cartel gunmen.
Two members of the navy died in the battle, officials said. The website Blog del Narco reported 58 people altogether were killed in the fighting.
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