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El Chapo's Allies in Mexico State of Veracruz Mutilate 5 Bodies

  • Heavy police presence in various violent and dangerous states in Mexico does nothing to deter the illegal activities of drug cartels.

    Heavy police presence in various violent and dangerous states in Mexico does nothing to deter the illegal activities of drug cartels. | Photo: Reuters

Published 24 May 2016

The Jalisco New Generation Cartel is apparently "cleaning up" Veracruz to rid the state of Zetas, Mexico's bloodies and unscrupulous drug cartel.

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman's Sinaloa Cartel's staunchest and bloodiest ally, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, CJNG, is allegedly behind the mutilation of five bodies found Tuesday in the southwestern Mexican state of Veracruz, according to preliminary reports.

The state prosecutor's office said they were investigating the discovery of the five mutilated body parts allegedly belonging to five men that were found in the Amatlan de los Reyes municipality, near the city of Cordoba, some 180 miles east of Mexico City.

The gruesome discovery also included a message that reads, “The Cleansing, Respectfully CJNG, , We are here 'Marino' 'Chuky' 'Cachorra' Estrella' and dirt bags that back them ... here is your trash.”

The message continues: “For a clean Veracruz, this has happened to me for coming to Veracruz, where everything goes when it comes to cleaning the grime that are the Zetas.”

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Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman's Sinaloa Cartel is widely known in Mexico for “cleaning up” cities where too much crime is drawing the attention of security forces, making their illegal work more difficult.

Such was the case in Tijuana, to where a prominent Sinaloa Cartel hitman known only by his alias Aquiles was sent a few years ago to rid the border city of car thieves, kidnappers and extortionists, a claim that was confirmed by DEA agents working at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico.

Javier Valdez, a Sinaloan journalist, expert in drug trafficking issues and a prominent author, told teleSUR Tuesday that the CNJG had differences at one point but have come to an understanding, while the federal Attorney General's office, PGR, in October said they had evidence the Sinaloa Cartel and the CJNG were again working together.

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According to the Associated Press, the CJNG has been fighting against the Zetas cartel for control of the stat for sometime now, making Veracruz the scene of a bloody war between cartels.

The remains were so badly mutilated, AP added, that investigators have not been able to determine how many victims are involved, although based on the message, they believe they are five.

The killings have come a couple of days after a violent weekend during which about 12 people were killed, and about four years after more than 35 mutilated bodies were found under a bridge on a busy street in Veracruz.
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