More Drug Related Violence in Mexico

Posted on August 24, 2010


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After yesterday’s blog about the drug-related violence in Mexico, two more stories have appeared today.

The first involves beheadings and the death of a baby due to a gunshot to the head.  From MyFoxPhoenix:

(AFP) – A six-month-old baby died after being shot in the head by hitmen in northern Mexico, where officials Tuesday also reported the discovery of two headless males, including a teenage boy

Hitmen chased a man into a house in Ciudad Juarez and killed him in the bathroom on Saturday before shooting the baby in another room, Chihuahua state justice officials said. The baby died two days later.

Meanwhile the heads of a 15-year-old and his uncle were found in the center of the town of Casas Grandes, in the north of the same state, officials said Tuesday. Their bodies were found on a road nearby.

Drug violence has spiked across Mexico since President Felipe Calderon launched a military crackdown on organized crime, involving more than 50,000 troops, three and a half years ago.

The second is from MSNBC:

ACAPULCO, Mexico — The dismembered bodies of two men were hung from a bridge Tuesday on a highway leading to Acapulco, the second such discovery in three days in a region where two drug lords are fighting for control of their divided cartel.

The men were hung from their feet at the entrance of Chilpancingo, the city nearest to Acapulco along the highway connecting the Pacific coast resort to Mexico’s capital, according to police in the state of Guerrero, where Acapulco is located.

Their arms had been cut off, and a message was left threatening extortionists, kidnappers, police and the Mexican army, according to the police report, which had no information on the identity of the two men.

Mexican authorities say the region southeast of Mexico City has been besieged by fighting between two factions of the Beltran Leyva gang, whose leader, Arturo Beltran Leyva, was killed in a December shootout with marines in the city of Cuernavaca.

On Sunday, four decapitated bodies were found hanging by their feet from a bridge in Cuernavaca, a popular weekend getaway just south of Mexico City. The faction led by Hector Beltran Leyva, brother of Arturo, claimed responsibility in a message left with the four bodies. It threatened allies of its rival — U.S.-born kingpin Edgar Valdez Villarreal.

No gang took responsibility in the message left Tuesday with the two bodies in Chilpancingo. The corpses were taken down before dawn.

I haven’t been blogging much about the drug related violence in Mexico because, sadly, the killings have become almost common.  What’s new is the added dimension of how some of these people are being killed and the manner in which the bodies are displayed.  There seems to be an uptick on the brutality meter.  The violence is not dying down.  And, with 6 police officers now linked in the death of a mayor who was a proponent of cracking down on the drug cartels, it may be an indication that Mexico is  losing its war on drugs altogether.

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