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Mexico Said to Await DNA Result to Confirm ‘El Azul’ Is Dead

Mexico’s government is waiting for results of DNA tests that would confirm the death of Juan Jose Esparragoza, known as “El Azul,” the second most-wanted leader of the Sinaloa cartel at large, according to a Mexican official.

The death was reported June 8 by RioDoce, a Sinaloa state-based news weekly. The Mexican official, who asked not to be named because the government has yet to confirm the death, said the authorities suspect Esparragoza died of a heart attack. The Interior Ministry’s press office said it had no additional comment after Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said June 9 that the government couldn’t confirm the death of Esparragoza at that time.