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Los Zetas linked drug dealer executed near Texas border

December 3, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Los Zetas linked drug dealer executed near Texas border

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A street-level drug dealer linked to the Los Zetas cartel was tortured and murdered in the latest example of violence impacting the border city of Piedras Negras, Coahuila.

This week, Coahuila law enforcement officials were dispatched to the Villa de Fuente area of the city after the discovery of a body of an apparent murder victim, who sustained a single gunshot wound to the head.

The commander of the State Investigative Police, Jorge Eduardo Martinez Siller,said the victim displayed signs of being tortured before he was murdered.

Villa de Fuente said the victim, who has since been identified as Juan Jesus Hernandez Sims, also known as ‘Simi’ a local drug dealer with a lengthy history of run-ins with police, was executed at the same location where the body was discovered.

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According to Radio Zocólo, Hernandez also worked as a nurse in a local government funded hospital.

Hernandez was arrested in the past for drug-related incidents by the Los GATES police department, which is a specialized police unit established to combat the Los Zetas, Breitbart Texas reported.

The GATES has since become a part of Fuerza Coahuila.

In addition to the victim being tortured and shot, police recovered a handgun near the body. It is not clear if the firearm was utilized by the gunmen or if it belonged to Hernandez.

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Despite the Coahuila government’s claims about the developing security conditions in the state, the area has been hit by spiraling violence as a result of the drug cartel turf wars.

Currently, the Cartel Del Noréste group of the Los Zetas cartel has control over the region the region.

However, that faction has since been under attack by rival groups looking to take over their drug distribution and trafficking routes.

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