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Decapitated body found burning in dumpster raises concerns of cartel activity in Central Texas

August 22, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Decapitated body found burning in dumpster raises concerns of cartel activity in Central Texas

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Authorities in Central Texas are working to learn the identity of a headless body burning in a dumpster near a San Antonio apartment complex discovered just after midnight on Monday morning.

San Antonio Police and firefighters responded to the Marigold Apartments on the city’s east side early Sunday, according to a preliminary police report.

According to the San Antonio Express, witnesses at the scene who extinguished the blaze, discovered the body and immediately contacted authorities.

Police determined that it was in fact, the body of a person, but could not discern whether the victim was male or female.

Officials also revealed that the victim’s head and hands were severed before being set on fire.

The discovery now has authorities raising concerns whether the decapitation is related to cartel activity.

Senior law enforcement officials on the federal and local level, who have no knowledge of the investigation but track cartel activity, told Breitbart Texas that decapitations most often are cartel-linked even if local gangs are hired to carry out the hit.

Drug Cartels usually sanction beheadings as a means to intimidate and instill fear among rivals and the public.

A map released by the Drug Enforcement Administration details how the Los Zetas criminal organization maintains a significant presence in the city of San Antonio, particular because it is close proximity to Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, the known stronghold of the Zetas empire.

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Map of cartel influence in the United States

Although decapitations are not common in the U.S., they are a prevalent execution method in Mexico, where rival cartels battle for control over lucrative drug trafficking routes and territories.

In recent weeks, Nuevo Laredo has seen a significant increase in violent crimes as two rivals groups of the Los Zetas drug cartel have been fighting over control of the border city. The astronomical escalation in violence has resulted in near daily dismemberments, decapitations, other means of torturous executions taking place in Nuevo Laredo and Ciudad Victoria.

Texas has also seen a number of cartel-ordered decapitations. A group of fisherman discovered an illegal immigrant’s decapitated body who had allegedly infuriated members of Mexico’s Gulf cartel. According to court documents, the killing was linked to Joel Luna, a former U.S. Border Patrol agent who has also been accused helping the criminal organization smuggle large amounts of drugs across the border.

According to court documents, the killing was linked to Joel Luna, a former U.S. Border Patrol agent who has also been accused helping the criminal organization smuggle large amounts of drugs across the border.

Another beheading occurred in Texas back in May. However, law enforcement officials have not shed light on many details regarding a motive behind the murder. Similarly, authorities have refused to share information on the motive behind a recent beheading of an auto parts store in Houston.

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