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Ruthless cartel leaves a trail of bodies in the Mexican state of Colima

February 14, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Ruthless cartel leaves a trail of bodies in the Mexican state of Colima Bodies of five men discovered in Colima on January 22nd

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Authorities in the Mexico say the tortured remains of four people discovered last week in the violence-plagued state of Colima are the latest victims brutally murdered by the ultra-violent Jalisco New Generation Cartel or CJNG.

Authorities discovered a total of  16 bodies in the busy port city of Manzanillo in the past three weeks.

The Colima State Attorney General’s Office said the most recent narco-executions took place last week in the town of Salagua,  Excelsior reported.

Officials said all of the victims showed severe signs of torture.

A narco message left at the scene was signed by the Jalisco New Generation Drug Cartel.

On January 21st, authorities discovered the remains of seven people inside a taxi abandoned near a toll booth on a highway located on the outskirts of  Manzanillo. The AG’s office said several of the victims had been decapitated.

The latest victims were discovered last week in the town of Salagua

Law enforcement officials said one of the victims included the taxi driver himself.

The following day police discovered the remains of five more victims; all showed signs of torture in an abandoned vehicle off the Manzanillo-Cihuatlán highway.

Colima is considered Mexico’s murder capital with the highest homicide rate per capita in the nation.

In the first quarter of 2016, Colima saw the rate skyrocket 900 percent, averaging 46 murders per 100,000 inhabitants in Mexico’s least most populated state.

Mexican officials have attributed the wave of violence on rival organized crime groups.

The uptick in violence began in 2015 with the arrival of the Sinaloa cartel in Colima, long considered the turf of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.

Seven bodies were discovered inside a taxi on January 21st on the outskirts of Manzanillo

The two groups have since remained locked in a brutal turf war for control of the Pacific coast state.

A U.S. State Dept. Travel Warning urged all American citizens to defer all non-essential travel to Colima, which borders the neighboring states of Jalisco and Michoacan.

Manzanillo is Mexico’s most active port, ideal for the large-scale trafficking of narcotics. The high volume of containers and commercial marine traffic makes the city a strategic entry point for cartels to conceal and receive cocaine shipments from South America.

Additionally, its access to global shipping routes makes the city a vital component for the importation of precursors from Asia, used for the production of methamphetamine.

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