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High-level cartel summit led to 11 people killed at teen’s birthday party in Southern Mexico

February 5, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
High-level cartel summit led to 11 people killed at teen’s birthday party in Southern Mexico

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Mexican authorities are claiming a breakdown in negotiations during a narco summit between regional leaders of the Knights Templar, Jalisco New Generation (CJNG), and Sierra cartels triggered the murders of 11 people last weekend during a 15th birthday party in the state of Guerrero.

The mass murders took place in the village of Cundancito, near the municipality of Coyuca de Catalan, located in the mountainous Tierra Caliente region on January 30th.

Mexican officials said José Isabel Salamanca Rodriguez, alias “El Chabelo,” who is the reputed head of a criminal cell of the CJNG, called for the meeting.

According to Guerrero prosecutor Xavier Olea Peláez, the father of the girl celebrating her birthday invited the heads of the rival cartels to the party so they could negotiate rules and establish territorial boundaries for the control of poppy production and trafficking of heroin to the U.S.

However, after failing to reach an agreement, the leaders of the cartels decided to use weapons to annihilate each other.

Among the dead were senior figures from each group, including Salamanca, 43, and his brother Emilio Salamanca Rodriguez, 31, along with Abiel “El Salto” Zuriel 29, who is the plaza chief for the Knights Templar along with his brother 18-year-old brother.

Authorities identified the other five men as Benito Garcia Coria, 50; Ramiro Lopez Medina, 21; Tomás Velázquez Medina, 42, and two minors, according to an official statement of the Attorney General (PGR).

Investigators found at the scene of confrontation dozens of shell casings from different caliber firearms.

Gunmen who participated in the deadly gun battle also opened fire on a vehicle driven by a newly married couple, killing a woman and severely injuring the man as they traveled for their honeymoon from Mexico City en route to a known resort in the region of the Costa Grande.

U.S. and Mexico officials say the region of Tierra Caliente, which encompasses the states of Guerrero and Michoacan has surpassed the Gloden Triangle in the production of heroin and methamphetamine in Mexico.

Experts attribute the spiraling violence in the states of Guererro and Michoacan to the fragmentation of the organized crime groups into regional cells stemming from the decline of the major Mexican cartels such as the Beltran Leyva organization.

The three groups involved in this recent massacre are among 26 different criminal organizations fighting for control of Guerrero and Michoacan.

Intelligence analysts predict these organized crime groups operating in the Tierra Caliente region will continue to grow in strength in 2016.

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