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Headless Corpses Hung From Mexican Bridge in Wealthy NeighborhoodTim King Salem-News.com
The death and violence of Mexico's drug cartels is reaching into new areas.
(CUERNAVACA / SALEM) - The headless bodies of four men were hung upside down by their feet from an overpass in Cuernavaca, an established, wealthy neighborhood outside of Mexico City.
The corpses, in their macabre poses, were found early Sunday in this area of rich, elite homes. The Morelos State Attorney General's office reports that the victims' heads and genitals were cut off, also missing from the victims were their index fingers.
Police report that the heads of the men were placed along the side of a highway with a hand-written sign that stated: "This is what will happen to all those who support the traitor Edgar Valdez Villareal".
The South Pacific Cartel, which goes by the initials CPS (Cartel Pacifico Sur), claimed responsibility for the Murders and beheadings. They are described by local authorities as a recently formed gang, responsible for several other brutal and gruesome killings.
Problems Getting Worse
It is hard for some to believe, but the violence connected to Mexico's ongoing cartel drug wars is getting more deadly, and more violent. President Felipe Calderon's push to fight the powerful cartels and rival gangs engaged in literal turf wars with police, has helped drive the death toll to unheard-of numbers; since 2006, when Calderon took office, drug violence has claimed the lives of more than 28,000 people.
A good deal of the violence and bloodshed has centered around Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico as we often report, but the violence is reaching into new areas... Cuernavaca, where these recent gruesome murders took place, is a colonial city that had been exempt from the violence. This is no longer the case.
It was the loss of top drug lord, Arturo Beltran Leyva, killed in a shootout with Mexican security forces, that changed the tide in this region. Sources report a power struggle breaking out after Leyva's death. Rival gangs have been trying to claim his territory ever since.
Our contact in Ciudad Juarez, 'Tosh' Plumlee, says Edgar Valdez Villareal, know as "El Barbie", because of his blue eyes and blonde/light brown hair a la 'Ken', Barbie's boyfriend - hence the moniker, is a US citizen born in Laredo, Texas.
He was aligned with the Beltran Leyva cartel but had a falling-out shortly after the head of the BL cartel was killed. Now he has gone out on his own. Described as a ruthless killer - he reportedly won't hesitate to do whatever it takes to scare or beat his competitors - be they law enforcement or other drug cartel, Plumlee said.
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