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Naked, mutilated bodies found in Mexico

The dismembered bodies of 17 men were found on Sunday on a farm in central Mexico, in an area disputed by violent drug cartels, officials said.

The bodies were dumped in the town of Tizapan el Alto by the border between Jalisco and Michoacan, said Jalisco state prosecutor Tomas Coronado Olmos. The bodies were discovered as Mexicans celebrated their Independence Day.

Coronado Olmos didn’t reveal the identities of the slain men but said the bodies were naked, mutilated and stacked with chains around their necks near the highway linking Guadalajara and Morelia. They had been killed elsewhere and dumped on the property.

“Our border regions with other states are vulnerable to this kind of action and the dumping of bodies,” the prosecutor said.

Authorities haven’t said who they think was behind the killings but the area is a cartel battleground and Mexico’s crime groups regularly leave behind such grisly remains as they battle for control of trafficking routes and markets..

Michoacan state is home to the Familia Michoacana and the Caballeros Templarios organised crime groups, and Jalisco has seen violence by the brutal Zetas and the Jalisco Nueva Generacion cartels.

Signs were put up last week in various Jalisco municipalities in which the Caballeros Templarios threatened the Zetas and Jalisco Nueva Generacion.

A shootout between local police and an armed convoy last Monday left two people dead and two injured in the same municipality near the border between Jalisco and Michoacan.

In May, authorities found 18 human heads and remains packed into two abandoned cars along the highway connecting Chalapa and Guadalajara, Jalisco.

On Friday in Tamaulipas, 16 bodies were found across the state just two days after the arrest there of one of the region’s top drug bosses, Gulf Cartel head Eduardo Costilla Sanchez. Nine of the bodies were found in Nuevo Laredo along the Texas border and seven were found in near the town of San Fernando, where 74 dead migrants were found in August, 2010.

More than 47 500 people have been killed in Mexican drug violence since December 2006, when President Felipe Calderon launched a military offensive against the cartels, according to the latest official figures. Some civil groups and activists say the figure is higher. – Sapa-AP

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Crime Group Suspected in U.S. Ambush in Mexico

Twelve Mexican federal police were under investigation on Sunday over an ambush that wounded two American diplomats in the hills above the Mexican capital, as suspicions mounted that an organized crime group may have been involved in the attack.

A federal police spokesman said Sunday that the officers were giving statements to prosecutors but didn’t say whether they had been charged with a crime. The federal prosecutor didn’t answer calls.

The U.S. government hasn’t released the identities of the two victims. The U.S. Embassy didn’t respond to calls Sunday.

The incident has proved an embarrassment for the Mexican government, which receives millions of dollars annually in U.S. aid for its drug war and which has touted its federal police as the most professional force.

The event happened Friday when a Mexican navy captain was driving two U.S. officials in an SUV with diplomatic plates, according to Mexico’s public security ministry. The SUV was forced off the road by a car carrying armed men, the ministry said. The car pursued the SUV and was joined by other vehicles, which riddled the SUV with bullets. Mexican officials said federal police were among those who shot at the SUV, but they didn’t say when or why they fired.

An attorney for two of the policemen said they had told investigators the shooting was a mistake, not a deliberate ambush, the Associated Press reported.

Reforma, a leading Mexican newspaper, on Sunday quoted a lawyer for the federal policemen and their family members who said prosecutors were preparing charges against the officers including attempted murder, abuse of power and links to organized crime.

The attorney, Marco Aurelio González, couldn’t be reached to comment Sunday.

If prosecutors press those charges it would suggest they believe the officers were working with a criminal gang. The newspaper said the police claim they had mistaken the American car for that of a criminal gang in the area.

Reforma also published accounts given by witnesses who said the car carrying the Americans was approached by a Chrysler minivan and a Nissan SUV which suddenly opened fire on the SUV carrying the U.S. officials. The SUV with the Americans fled, at one point through open pastures and even briefly took refuge in a gas station where the shooting continued, the witnesses told Reforma. The Americans continued their escape down the road where they were intercepted by the federal officers, who joined the other armed men in firing on the Americans’ SUV, witnesses said.

It remained unknown Sunday why Mexican police would have joined in on an ambush rather than trying to stop it. The U.S. Embassy said Friday the victims were hospitalized but not in critical condition.

The shooting marked the start of a bloody weekend in Mexico that claimed more than 30 lives. Authorities said 11 bodies were found on a highway in the coastal state of Guerrero, many shot in the head and with signs of torture. Another 10 people were found dead at various sites in the port city of Veracruz. Alleged drug traffickers also blocked more than 20 points on highways and killed several people in the state of Jalisco after Nemesio Oceguera, the alleged leader of a drug cartel calling itself “New Generation,” was captured by police.

Such killing sprees had subsided in Mexico this year but now appear to be rising again.

Source:online.wsj.com

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Mexico captures chief of the “New Generation” cartel

Eliot Alberto Radillo accused of overseeing extortion and drug trafficking activities for the New Generation cartel.

Federal police in Mexico have presented an alleged operations chief of the New Generation cartel who is suspected of overseeing extortion and drug trafficking activities for the drugs gang across various states.

A handcuffed Eliot Alberto Radillo, also known as “El Pancho”, appeared alongside masked police officers in front of the media on Monday after his detention with another alleged member, Juan Carlos Salazar.

The arrests came after a dramatic police operation in the city of Zapopan in the Pacific state of Jalisco.

According to authorities, Radillo had worked his way up Jalisco’s New Generations cartel ranks to become operations chief, and is believed to report directly to the cartel’s kingpins.

“Eliot Alberto Radillo, also known as ‘El Pancho,’ was identified as an operations leader for the New Generation Jalisco Cartel,” said Anti-Drug Division Chief for Federal Police, Ramon Eduardo Pequeno.

“He was the boss of operative cells and was in charge of controlling drug distribution and extortion [activities] for the group as well as confronting rival gangs in the metropolitan area of Guadalajara.”

The suspect is facing a host of charges, including murder and extortion.

Police presented heavy assault rifles and ammunition reportedly seized from the suspects.

Since sending in the army nearly six years ago to crack down on cartel activity, Mexican President Felipe Calderon has made a point of targeting top drugs chiefs but at an increasingly bloody cost.

More than 55,000 people have been killed since soldiers were deployed across the country to stem the flow of drugs smuggling into the US.

Source:aljazeera.com

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7 tortured, bound bodies found in western Mexico port city, with warnings signed by drug gang

MORELIA, Mexico — The tortured and bound bodies of seven men were dumped in a Pacific port city along with messages signed by a drug gang, authorities said Thursday.

The Michoacan state prosecutors’ office said each victim’s head was covered with a black plastic bag and had a bullet wound in the back of the neck. Police found posters with threatening messages from the New Generation gang, an ally of Mexico’s powerful Sinaloa Cartel.

The killings in the port of Lazaro Cardenas came only two days after nine bodies were found in other Michoacan towns, also with messages signed by New Generation.

Authorities also reported that the bodies of five more men were discovered shot dead Thursday in other areas of Michoacan, but it wasn’t clear who was responsible.

In the northern Mexico state of Tamaulipas, four men and a woman were decapitated and their bodies left in plain sight Thursday in a poor neighborhood of Ciudad Victoria, witnesses said. A fifth man was shot.

An Associated Press reporter saw police and soldiers arrive at the scene and carry away the wounded victim and the bodies and heads.

Mexico’s drug cartels often leave decapitated victims out in the open to intimidate gangs warring for dominance in trafficking narcotics.

 

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