Azteca Gold Corp.
TSX VENTURE : AZG

Azteca Gold Corp.

April 02, 2007 11:46 ET

Azteca Gold Corp.: New Geologists On-Board and M2 Readying for GAT Drilling

SPOKANE, WASHINGTON--(CCNMatthews - April 2, 2007) - Matthew Russell, President of Azteca Gold Corp. (TSX VENTURE:AZG) (the "Company") announces that the Company has formally employed John Mears effective April 1, 2007 as Vice President of Operations and Exploration. John has been a director of the Company since December 1, 2006 and has been working full time as a geologic consultant to the Company since mid-February 2007.

John Mears is a Registered Professional geologist with over 12 years of experience working in the mining and exploration industry for several major companies. His experience ranges from field geology to production management and finance due diligence. He has extensive international experience including USA, Mexico, Peru, China, Australia, and South Africa. Mr. Mears has recently been the primary geologic consultant for Idaho General Mines at their Mt. Hope and Hall-Tonopah Molybdenum projects. He has also been working as an investment advisor to The Sentient Group, a private closed end investment fund. John served recently as a director of Nevada Star Resources during their merger with Pure Nickel, Inc.

"We are pleased to welcome John aboard as we embark on diamond drilling at our flagship Sierra Madre project, Guerra al Tirano ("GAT")," exclaims Matthew Russell. "We are confident in our ability to hire the best exploration talent in the industry and supply them with the equipment and crews they need to accomplish our ambitious exploration schedule at GAT," adds Russell.

The Company also announces the addition of Nicole Preuss, a Senior Geologist with over 10 years experience working in the base, precious and industrial minerals industries. Nicole is provided to the Company on a full time consultant basis by M2 Technical Services of South Jordan, Utah. Her primary specialties include geologic modeling, database and drill program management. Most recently Ms. Preuss was the database manager for the exploration group of Phelps Dodge-Morenci. Other career experience includes work for majors such as Newmont, Teck-Cominco, and Echo Bay, with additional experience with mid-tier companies including Equatorial Mining, Unimin and Pegasus. She has worked extensively in North and Central America on various types of deposits including porphyry copper/molybdenum, epithermal gold, Carlin-Type gold, and mineral sands.

On March 28, 2007 the Company announced that a drilling contract had been awarded by its Mexican subsidiary Minera Azteca de Oro y Plata S.A. de C.V. ("Minera Azteca") for its Guerra al Tirano Project. M2 Technical Services ("M2") of South Jordan, Utah will begin an initial program of 10,000 feet of diamond drilling in April on the Guerra al Tirano and Tres de Mayo concessions near Temoris, Chihuahua, Mexico.

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WARNING: the Company relies upon litigation protection for "forward looking" statements. The information in this release may contain forward-looking information under applicable securities laws. This forward-looking information is subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those implied by the forward-looking information. Factors that may cause actual results to vary material include, but are not limited to, inaccurate assumptions concerning the exploration for and development of mineral deposits, currency fluctuations, unanticipated operational or technical difficulties, changes in laws or regulations, the risks of obtaining necessary licenses and permits, changes in general economic conditions or conditions in the financial markets and the inability to raise additional financing. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on this forward-looking information. The Company does not assume the obligation to revise or update this forward-looking information after the date of this release or to revise such information to reflect the occurrence of future unanticipated events, except as may be required under applicable securities laws.

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