Beheading in Phoenix suburb possibly related to Mexican drug cartel

Posted on October 28, 2010

It seems my guess about the recent beheading in Chandler, Arizona being related to a Mexican drug cartel looks to be right on track.

From the East Valley Tribune:

Chandler police have confirmed that the stabbing and decapitation death of a 38-year-old believed to be an illrgal [sic] immigrant from Mexico earlier this month was a “hit” by a Mexican drug cartel against a member who betrayed them.

Alejandro Cota-Monroy, whose decapitated body was found inside an apartment at 300 West Fairview St. the morning of Oct. 10, amid a bloody and gruesome scene, had ripped off a Mexican drug cartel of illegal drugs, according to Chandler police Detective Dave Ramer.

Police responded to a report of a man down about 5:30 a.m. at the residence where police said at least four men had been drinking heavily and discovered Cota-Monroy’s body stabbed multiple times and his head lying near his body.

U.S. Marshal David Gonzales and retired DEA agent Phil Jordan both told the Tribune they believe it could be the first beheading connected to a Mexican drug cartel crossing into the United States.

While this may be the first beheading related to Mexican drug cartels in the United States, I’m praying it will be the last.  But with our lax border security, I wouldn’t bet on it.  Especially when the perpetrators of these crimes find it so easy to slip back across the border into Mexico and beyond  the grasp of our local law enforcement.  That’s exactly what has happened in this case:

Of the four men, one was arrested and the other three are in Mexico, according to Ramer.

Crisantos Moroyoqui, 36, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder and hindering prosecution.

Moroyoqui, who is being held in a Maricopa County jail, is not cooperating with investigators.

The other three suspects, Juan Campos Morales Aguilar, Jose David Castro Reyes and a man only currently known as “El Joto,” remain on the loose.

The suspect in custody was reported as being in the country illegally.  My guess is that it won’t be long it will be before the three remaining suspects make their way back into the country again.

UPDATE:  After my initial quoting of the East Valley Tribune above, the paper has updated their story.  They’ve changed the “confirmation” of  the beheading being related to drug cartels to police are still investigating the possibility.