MEXICO CITY (AP) — Five headless bodies were left in front of a
funeral home in a northern Mexico town in a drug region, prosecutors
The prosecutors' office in the border state of Chihuahua
said the killings occurred in Guachochi, which is an area known as "the
golden triangle" because of the amount of drug production there.
The office said four men arrived in a pickup truck
Tuesday at the Guemar funeral home and left two headless bodies riddled
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Hours later, another pickup went to the same funeral home
and left three more headless bodies. The driver of the truck said he
found the bodies on a road and brought them to the funeral home.
Four of the victims were identified by relatives.
In Mexico's capital, authorities reported Tuesday that a
hand-lettered banner had been hung along a main boulevard in which the
hyper-violent Jalisco New Generation cartel claimed to be operating in
Mexico City. On Wednesday, federal officials expressed doubt about the
Renato Sales, Mexico's national security commissioner,
said that "up to this point we don't believe that these banners belong
to" the Jalisco cartel. He added that authorities also had not seen
"signs of any operation presence of this group" in Mexico City.
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Petty criminals in Mexico have sometimes been known to
try to pass themselves off as members of more powerful cartels in an
attempt to intimidate the public and rivals.
Speaking of drug related violence, Sales acknowledged
what critics of government policy have long claimed: that arresting
cartel leaders simply fragments the groups into smaller and often more
"The (crime) statistics are related to the fragmentation
of groups that are fighting for (border) crossing points to ship
opioids, fentanyl, meth," Sales said, adding that gangs also are
battling over control of towns and ports.