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MEXICO CITY – Mexican authorities say an alleged regional leader of the Beltran Leyva drug cartel has been killed in a shootout with federal forces.
The Interior Department says via Twitter that Juan Francisco Patron Sanchez headed up the cartel's operations in the state of Nayarit and in the southern part of Jalisco state.
The Mexican navy reports late Thursday that seven "accomplices" were also killed.
The Interior Department said more details would be released Friday.