Horrific Drug Cartel Violence Continues in Mexico

Posted on August 23, 2010

The city of Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico.

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The drug cartel violence continues with this most recent reporting from Reuters:

Four decapitated and mutilated corpses were strung from a bridge in a popular getaway outside the Mexican capital on Sunday, the latest atrocity as the country battles an escalating drug war.

The bodies of the four young men were discovered early on Sunday, hung upside down by their feet from a bridge near a wealthy area of Cuernavaca, a leafy city about an hour outside Mexico City, where many of the nation’s elite own homes.

The victims’ genitals, index fingers and heads had been cut off, according to a statement from the attorney general’s office in Morelos state, which includes Cuernavaca.

Their heads and genitals were found nearby, along with a handmade sign, the statement said.

“This will happen to everyone that helps the traitor Edgar Valdes,” the placard read, referring to a leading drug capo whose real name is Edgar Valdez.

It was signed C.P.S., the initials for the South Pacific Cartel, a relatively new drug gang that has claimed responsibility for other gruesome killings.

The story reports that more than 28,000 deaths due to drug violence have occurred since President Felipe Calderon‘s crackdown on the cartels started in late 2006.  You can click on the Reuters link above to read the entire story, but be aware a photo of the victims is included.

As the crackdown continues, government officials have been targeted.  Fox News reported today that six police officers were arrested in connection with the killing of mayor in northern Mexico.  The mayor had been a proponent of the crackdown against organized crime.

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