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Via the BBC: Colombian drug lord Guerrero was ‘drunk’ when he died:

Colombian police say Pedro Guerrero, one of the country’s most wanted men, was drunk when he fell into a river and died while trying to flee from police.

Guerrero, known as Cuchillo (“The Knife”), led a 1,200-strong army and largely controlled the drugs trade in eastern Colombia.

Forensic experts say the cause of death was probably drowning or a heart attack.

Police had tracked him down to a ranch, where he was celebrating Christmas.

Head of the Judicial Police Gen Carlos Ramiro Mena said The Knife died of natural causes while being pursued by the security forces.

Important safety tip: it is best not to be intoxicated when security forces are pursuing you.

FILED UNDER: Latin America, Quick Takes
Steven L. Taylor
About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter

Comments

  1. Linda says:

    If nothing else it should serve as a deterrent for future wanted Colombian drug lords against getting drunk and running next to rivers.