Shocking footage shows the moment a drug cartel boss died in a horror drag race crash, reminiscent of something out of a Fast and Furious film.
Jesús Francisco Sarrazin Lorh, known as El Pirata (The Pirate), was taking part in an illegal drag race in Sonora, Mexico, on Friday (November 25).
His car reportedly suffered a mechanical failure with witnesses saying he was unable to brake.
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He then slammed into a retaining wall at high speed and flipped.
El Pirata was the leader of Los Salazar, an armed wing of the feared Sinaloa Cartel – the drug trafficking organisation that used to be led by Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán until his arrest in 2016.
He did not die instantly following the crash and was taken to a nearby hospital where he was checked in under a false name.
After he died in hospital an investigation was launched, with medics suspicious given that a pistol was found in his clothes.
Authorities were able to identify him as El Pirata. He was a top target for Sonora's state police, who had a warrant out for his arrest for kidnapping.
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El Pirata worked his way to the top ranks of the Sinaloa Cartel having originally overseen drug trafficking through the town of Huatabampo, and later Sonora's state capital of Hermosillo.
He was famed for his love of high-speed motorsport, so much so that there is even a narcocorrido – a subgenre of Mexican ballad music focusing on drug trafficking – which references his passion.
The tune, titled I Am A Pirate by singer-songwriter Edgardo Núñez, features the following lyrics: "It’s the adrenaline that changes my nerves, if I’m behind the wheel or just like blowing a horn."
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