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Seven decapitated bodies discovered near the hometown of El Chapo

June 19, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Seven decapitated bodies discovered near the hometown of El Chapo

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Authorities in Mexico confirmed on Friday the discovery of seven decapitated bodies in the Western Sinaloa state, the home of drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

The attack occurred 40 miles south of the Pacific resort of Mazatlan near the town of Rosario, near Guzman’s hometown of La Tuna.

During a press conference on Friday in the Sinaloa state capital of Culiacan, Martin Robles, the Deputy State Attorney General, said the seven men were loggers but didn’t indicate whether the Sinaloa Cartel or a rival had any involvement in the brutal killings.

As JammedUp News previously reported, violence erupted in Guzman’s hometown of La Tuna and surrounding villages in the municipality of Badiraguato last week.

A group consisting of 150 heavily armed gunmen associated with the rival Beltran-Leyva Organization (BLO) led by Isidro Meza, also known as “El Chapito,” reportedly invaded the small mountaintop villages, killing at least eight people, displacing families and forcing residents to flee Culiacan.

According to multiple eyewitness accounts, the gunmen also ransacked the home of Consuelo Loera Guzman, the mother of “El Chapo.”

During the press conference, Robles said he could not confirm or deny the widely circulated reports of the attack on Consuelo Loera Guzman’s home.

According to Insight Crime, a fast reaction force was deployed to the area but was slow to move to the mountaintop villages where the majority of the violence had allegedly occurred.

The towns are considered a stronghold of the Sinaloa cartel located in the northwestern part of the state, situated in Mexico’s Golden Triangle, a mountainous region synonymous with the drug trade, which encompasses the neighboring states of Chihuahua and Durango.

Although in recent years, the BLO has weakened by the loss of leadership figures and fragmentation, Chapo Isidro, also known by the moniker “Chapito,” has maintained control over his faction operating in the northern Sinaloa enclave of Guasave.

Isidro also maintains a significant presence in the state of Baja California, where he has engaged in a brutal turf war against a faction led by Damaso Nunez Lopez, alias “El Licenciado,” one of the top players within the Sinaloa Federation Cartel.

Security experts and U.S., law enforcement officials say Chapo Isidro has been on the ascendancy within Mexico’s criminal underworld.

In 2013, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) officially sanctioned Isidro’s network as a Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO) under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act, also referred as the Kingpin Act.

At one time, attacks on the families of rivals were once considered taboo even among Mexico’s drug cartels.

However, the brazen assault on Guzman’s hometown seems to confirm prior warnings that Guzman’s arrest would lead to violent turf wars as rivals would try to take advantage of his absence.

Furthermore, with the impending extradition of Guzman to the United States moving closer to reality, experts say his criminal empire appears to be unraveling and could fragment, which has happened with the other major Mexican cartels.

Attacks on the family of rivals were once considered taboo even among Mexico’s drug cartels.

Mexican authorities recaptured Guzman back in January, and he is currently held at a prison in Ciudad Juarez, near the U.S. border, awaiting extradition to the United States to face drug trafficking, money laundering, and murder charges in several jurisdictions.

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