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Mar 9, 2014 8:01 PM by Associated Press

Mexico govt says it's slain capo 'killed' in 2010

MEXICO CITY - Mexican officials say all forensic evidence indicates a man killed Sunday in an early morning shootout in western Mexico was a leader of the Knights Templar Cartel whom the government reported slain in 2010.

Officials say they are awaiting DNA tests for final confirmation that they have the body of Nazario Moreno Gonzalez.

If true, it would be one of the more bizarre twists in Mexico's assault on drug cartels, in which two of the most powerful capos have been captured in the last year without a shot fired.

According to a government birthdate, Moreno, nicknamed "The Craziest One," would have turned 44 Saturday. He was the leader of the La Familia cartel when he supposedly perished in a two-day gunbattle with federal police in December 2010 in his home state of Michoacan.

The officials agreed to discuss the case only if not quoted by name because they were not authorized to talk about the investigation.

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