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Slain drug suspect identified as twin

May 01, 2008|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Police confirmed that one of Colombia's most wanted drug lords was killed in a shootout, but they said they had confused the man with his twin.

Killed in Tuesday's raid was Victor Manuel Mejia, one of two suspected drug-trafficking brothers, according to a police statement. Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos earlier misidentified the slain man as his brother Miguel Angel.

The police statement said Victor Mejia was carrying his brother's identity papers and that a fingerprint confirmed his true identity.

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