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Body found in car trunk identified as Mexican citizen

October 4, 2011 | 12:00 pm

Covina police say a man found shot in the head and stuffed in the trunk of a car was a Mexican citizen with a previous drug conviction involving heroin.

Victor Eduardo Mardueno, 25, was originally from the Mexican state of Nayarit, a center of heroin production and smuggling into the United States, officials said.

He was living in Ontario when his girlfriend reported him missing Sept. 23, said Covina Sgt. Gregg Peterson.

Officers later discovered his Toyota Camry apparently abandoned on East Wanamaker Drive. They noticed a foul odor coming from the trunk, and when they opened it they found Mardueno’s body.

Investigators have found Mardueno was from the state of Nayarit and has a 2006 conviction involving heroin from Chino, Peterson said.

Nayarit, and particularly the small county of Xalisco, has become a center for black-tar heroin smuggling to the United States.

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-- Sam Quinones

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