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Drug trafficker killed during shootout in Coahuila, Mexico

February 16, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Drug trafficker killed during shootout in Coahuila, Mexico

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Authorities continue to investigate a recent smuggling attempt where a drug trafficker turned his firearm against law enforcement officers and was killed during a shootout.

Last week, police were carrying out a routine patrol in the rural area of Centinela in Coahuila when they spotted 19-year-old Luis Emanuel Valdez Barron, who had apparently been safeguarding multiple bundles of marijuana. The man opened fire at law enforcement with a .40 caliber pistol, and the officers were forced to return fire.

According to Rancherita, the suspected drug trafficker opened fire at law enforcement with a .40 caliber pistol, and the officers were forced to return fire.

Mexican officials said Valdez, a resident of Pedras Negras, died from his injuries. At the scene, officials discovered multiple marijuana bundles that weighed over 200 pounds, which Valdez had allegedly been guarding.

Luis Emmanuel Valdez Barron, 19, was killed during the shootout

At the scene, officials discovered multiple marijuana bundles that weighed over 200 pounds, which Valdez had allegedly been guarding.

Investigators also seized a .40 caliber handgun with five rounds. Preliminary information indicated that the gun jammed during the shootout.

The community where Valdez had been guarding the drugs is near a dirt road that leads from the rural area to the banks of the Rio Grande. Local press outlets have identified Valdez as the grandson of a night watcher who was beaten to death during a house robbery gone awry in Piedras Negras in January.

Local press outlets have identified Valdez as the grandson of a night watcher who was beaten to death during a house robbery gone awry in Piedras Negras in January.

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