Four decapitated bodies hung from bridge in Cuernavaca, Mexico

Hector Beltran Leyva

CUERNAVACA, Mexico — The decapitated bodies of four men were hung from a bridge Sunday in this central Mexican city besieged by fighting between two drug lords.

A gang led by kingpin Hector Beltran Leyva took responsibility for the killings in a message left with the bodies, the attorney general’s office of Mexico state said in a statement.

The beheaded and mutilated bodies were hung by their feet early Sunday from the bridge in Cuernavaca, a popular weekend getaway for Mexico City residents.

Cuernavaca has become a battleground for control of the Beltran Leyva cartel since its leader, Arturo Beltran Leyva, was killed there in a December shootout with marines.

Mexican authorities say the cartel split between a faction led by Hector Beltran Leyva, brother of Arturo, and another led by Edgar

Aturo Beltran Leyva

 Valdez Villareal, a U.S.-born kingpin known as “the Barbie.”

The message left with the bodies threatened: “This is what will happen to all those who support the traitor Edgar Valdez Villareal”

Authorities said the four men had been kidnapped days earlier. The family of one of the men reported the abduction to police.

In western Mexico, police found the body of a U.S. citizen inside a car along the highway between the Pacific resorts of Acapulco and Zihuatanejo.

A report from Guerrero state police said the man was shot to death and had identification indicating he was from Georgia.

Death of Aturo Beltran Leyva

The U.S. Embassy could not be reached to confirm the man’s identity.

Police said they had no suspects and had not determined a motive.

Guerrero state has been wracked by drug-gang violence, including the strife within the Beltran Leyva cartel. There have also been a series of deadly carjackings this year along highways in the state.

Mexico has seen unprecedented gang violence since President Felipe Calderon stepped up the fight against drug trafficking when he took office in December 2006, deploying thousands of troops and federal police to cartel strongholds.

Edgar Valdez Villareal

Since then, more than 28,000 people have been killed in violence tied to Mexico’s drug war.

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Nineteen bodies found in Mexico mine shaft

11 of 16 Bodies Dumped Along The Roadside In Tijuana

Police in Mexico say they have found at least 19 bodies in an abandoned mine shaft in Hidalgo, near Mexico City.

The security forces said they found the decomposing remains after a tip-off from two alleged members of a drug cartel they had arrested on Friday.

The two men also named nine police officers who they say worked for their cartel, Los Zetas.

The nine have been arrested and are being questioned, while police continue to search the area for more bodies.

They say the two alleged cartel members told them there were more human remains at at least four other locations in the area.

Since President Felipe Calderon came to power four years ago, more than 28,000 people have died in drug-related violence in Mexico.

And while turf wars between rivalling drug cartels have been particularly fierce in the north of the country, mass graves are also  increasingly being discovered in other states.

In May, police found 55 bodies in an abandoned mine near Taxco, in Guerrerro state.

And on Sunday, four decapitated bodies were found hanging from a bridge in the affluent central city of Cuernavaca.

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Assistant Attorney General for the State of Chihuahua, Mexico Assassinated in Ciudad Juarez

Mexican Federal Police Investigate Death of Officer; White wall marks U.S. Border

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Gunmen have killed an assistant attorney general for northern Chihuahua state and one of her bodyguards in the violent border city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

Authorities reported today that the sport utility vehicle carrying Sandra Salas Garcia and two bodyguards was chased by armed assailants through the darkened Juarez streets and riddled with bullets Wednesday night.

Attorney General’s Office spokesman Arturo Sandoval says the second bodyguard was seriously wounded.
Salas was responsible for evaluating the work of prosecutors and special investigations units in Chihuahua.

Drug violence has killed more than 4,300 people in recent years in Ciudad Juarez, which is across the Rio Grande from El Paso.

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Sandra Salas Garcia's car was riddled with bullets

The Funeral: Mourning Rodolfo Torre, candidate for Governor of Tamaulipas, Mexico

Mourners at Funeral of Rodolfo Torre

Supporters of the candidate for Governor of Tamaulipas state for the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), Rodolfo Torre, mourn next to his coffin during his funeral at the Polyforum in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas state, Mexico, on Tuesday. Torre was killed along with five other people when coming back from a closing rally of his campaign. Elections for Governor will take place next July 4 in Tamaulipas.

Gunmen ambushed Rodolfo Torre’s campaign caravan Monday less than a week before he was expected to win the governor’s race in Tamaulipas, a state torn by a turf battle between two rival drug cartels. Four other people were killed: three of the candidate’s bodyguards and a state lawmaker.

President Felipe Calderon called the attack an attempt by drug gangs to sway Sunday’s elections for governors and mayors in 12 states. He warned that cartels want “to interfere in the decisions of citizens and in electoral processes.”

“Organized crime will never meet its objectives. It will not succeed in shaking our faith in democracy or undermine our confidence in the future of Mexico,” Calderon said in a televised speech.

But the attack emptied streets in Ciudad Victoria, the Tamaulipas state capital where Torre was killed. Heavily armed federal and state police patrolled in caravans. Some parents rushed to pick up their children from schools.

“I am not going to vote because there is a lot of fear. The tension is very strong,” said Maria Pilar Villegas, a convenience store clerk who said she was on the phone with her sister when she saw the news of the assassination on television. “I got chills when I saw the TV.”

Luis Donaldo Colosio

Torre, of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, is the first gubernatorial candidate assassinated in Mexico in recent memory. He is the highest-ranking candidate killed since Luis Donaldo Colosio, also for the PRI, was gunned down while running for president in 1994. 

Torre, a doctor who served as the state’s health secretary, had mostly campaigned on fighting poverty, even as turf wars escalated following a split between the Gulf cartel and the Zetas gang of hit men. Local politicians often avoid discussing drug trafficking, insisting it is the federal government’s responsibility to fight organized crime.

But on Sunday before his assassination, Torre announced that security would be a priority in his government. The next day, armed men ambushed his campaign caravan, killing him and four others, including his assistant and a state legislator 

Torre’s death was the biggest setback yet for the elections. Corruption scandals, threats and attacks

Two woman mourn

on politicians have raised fears for months that Mexico’s powerful drug cartels are buying off candidates they support and intimidating those they oppose.

Calderon’s government did not say which gang was suspected in Torre’s assassination or why he would be targeted.

Tamaulipas, which borders Texas, has become a battleground between the Gulf cartel and its former ally, the Zetas gang of hit men.

Drug cartels operate in many countries throughout Latin America, including Colombia, Brazil, Central America, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Mexico, Afghanistan and South Asia. Some cartels are even establishing themselves in U.S. cities like New York, Phoenix, Houston, Atlanta, Los Angeles and San Diego.
ARE THE KILLERS HIDING IN AN AMERICAN SANCTUARY CITY TODAY? ARE THE KILLERS HAVING DINNER IN LOS ANGELES TONIGHT? WERE THEY OUT “CLUBBING” IN SAN FRANSICO LAST NIGHT? ARE THE KILLERS WAITING IN PHOENIX FOR THEIR NEXT ORDERS TO KILL ON BEHALF OF THE CARTELS?
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