13 Jan Mexican Drug Cartel Violence Continues
One of the unintended consequences of drug addiction is that drug use supports violent drug cartels who cultivate and traffick the illegal drugs so in demand in the United States.
The drug cartels continued their rampage of violence in Mexico as the bound, beaten bodies of two men were found hanging by their necks from a highway overpass in Northern Mexico along with a handwritten note from a drug cartel.
The New York Times reported that the men’s hands were tied behind their backs and shell casings at the scene suggest bullets were fired at the victims while they were hanging. The cause of death is still under investigation.
According to authorities, the message left at the scene was written on a piece of cardboard and said, “This territory already has an owner.” The message is assumed to be from members of the Beltrán Leyva drug cartel.
The main leader of this cartel, Arturo Beltrán Leyva, was shot to death in a confrontation with Mexican troops on December 16, 2009. Security officials have been preparing for a severe turf battle to emerge in areas controlled by Arturo Beltrán Leyva’s gang.
Sinaloa is considered the home base of some of the most powerful crime bosses in Mexico, greatly impacting the outlook for this region. Additional crime stories are likely to emerge out of this area as the war over control of the Beltrán Leyva cartel will rage until a successor is able to claim his role.
According to the Taiwan News, the slums in Mexico are the true front lines for the ongoing drug wars. While these locations are prime targets for violence, they will also be the first benefactors of the Mexican and American governments’ new and softer approach to drug control.
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