Ignacio Coronel was responsible for moving multi-ton quantities of cocaine via fishing vessels from Colombia to Mexico and on to the United States state of Texas and Arizona during the early 2000s. His influence and operations penetrated throughout the United States, Mexico, and several other European, Central American, and South American countries. In Mexico, he was known as the "King of Crystal" for his domination of crystal methamphetamine production and trafficking.
Both the governments of the United States and Mexico had an outstanding arrest warrant for Coronel; in addition, the United States Department of State was offering a reward of up to $5 million USD for information leading to his capture.
DeathEditCoronel was killed on 29 July 2010, in Zapopan, Jalisco, during a shootout with the Mexican Army. During the raid, Coronel killed a soldier and wounded another. A statement from the federal Attorney General's Office says soldiers found jewelry, luxury watches, guns, two hand grenades and three vehicles and US$7 million in cash in the house where Coronel was killed.
Since Coronel was killed, there has seen a violent battle for control of Jalisco state between members of the Sinaloa cartel and their rivals from the Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generación.
His niece, Emma Coronel, is married to Joaquin Guzman Loera, alias El Chapo, Mexico's most-wanted drug lord. Emma is the third or fourth wife of Guzmán Loera, who at one time was a partner of Ignacio Coronel before his death in 2010 during a shootout with the Mexican army.