Mexico Drug Wars: Dismembered Body Count Escalates

Forty-nine headless, dismembered bodies were found along a stretch of highway in Mexico on Sunday.

The mutilated bodies “scattered in a pool of blood”—some with their hands and feet “hacked off,” according to the Associated Press—were discovered by local authorities on the edge of the town of San Juan on a road that connects Monterrey to the Texas border. The bodies were thought to have been dumped there by a drug cartel, authorities said. A welcome sign near the killing field was filled with graffiti with the message, “100% Zeta.” Zetas is one of the two largest drug cartels in Mexico. The other is the Sinaloa Cartel.

But the escalating violence between the two cartels has resulted in a recent rash of symbolic slayings. On April 17, according to the AP, mutilated bodies of 14 men were left in a minivan in downtown Nuevo Laredo. On May 5, the bodies of 23 people were found, some hanging from a bridge and others decapitated and dumped near city hall. On May 9, 18 dismembered bodies were discovered outside Guadalajara, Mexico’s second-largest city.

Nuevo Laredo and Monterrey are considered Zetas territory, while Guadalajara has been controlled by the Sinaloa Cartel. In September, a Sinaloa drug gang dumped 35 bodies in Veracruz, Mexico. In August, a Zetas attack on a Monterrey casino left 52 dead.

Since 2006, when Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon announced a crackdown on cartels, more than 47,500 people have been killed in drug-related violence. Should the Mexican government resort to drastic moves to put an end to these drug wars? Share your opinions with us!

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26 Dead Men Found in Abandoned Cars in Mexico

Authorities found 26 bodies Thursday inside three abandoned vehicles in Guadalajara, Mexico, an official said. All the victims were men, said Ulises Enríquez, a spokesman for the Jalisco delegation of the Attorney General’s Office. The vehicles were discovered near a monument on one of the city’s main avenues.

Jalisco state Attorney General Tomas Coronado Olmos told CNN affiliate TV Azteca that a message was found with the bodies, but he did not disclose what it said. The discovery came a day after authorities in Sinaloa state found 16 charred bodies inside two trucks that had been set ablaze.

Speaking about those bodies and also those found in Guadalajara, Mexico’s new interior minister, Alejandro Poiré, promised to provide federal support.

About 43,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence since Mexican President Felipe Calderon announced a crackdown on cartels in December 2006, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. But brutal cartel killings are rare in Guadalajara, Mexico’s second-most populous city.

The city recently hosted the Pan American Games and is scheduled to host a large international book festival next week a few miles away from where the bodies were found.

In a security report published before the games began, analysts said Guadalajara would probably be the next hot spot in Mexico’s drug war, as the Zetas drug cartel tries to take over turf long dominated by the Sinaloa cartel.

The analysis, published in September by Southern Pulse, an online information network focused on Latin America, noted that major offensives were unlikely amid stepped-up security in the city during the high-profile sporting event.


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