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Drug-related execution in Coahuila near Texas border city signals arrival of cartel war

April 14, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Drug-related execution in Coahuila near Texas border city signals arrival of cartel war

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The slaying of a man whose remains were discovered next to a narco-message illustrates renewed violence in the state of Coahuila as rival cartels continue to battle for drug territories in northern Mexico.

Last week, state and federal officials were dispatched to a neighborhood near a soccer field after receiving calls of a body in the border city of Piedras Negras, located adjacent to Eagle Pass, Texas.

Authorities found the victim, identified as 24-year-old Víctor Maximiliano Ríos Muñoz, shot execution style in a field in the Villa Real colony. The victim was barefoot and wearing a black shirt and jeans, El Tiempo reported.

Cartel-related slaying announces the arrival of a Zetas faction in the border city of Pedras Negras

At the scene, police also recovered a poster board with a narco message signed by a faction of the Los Zetas criminal organization, announcing their arrival into Piedras Negras.

The criminal group, which at one time was known as Los Zetas, has gone through a series of splits into various factions. One of the factions, Cartel Del Noreste (CDN), continues to manage drug trafficking and immigrant smuggling in the region. For over a year, the CDN battled with Vieja Escuela Z or “Old School Zetas” who are now with allied with factions of the Gulf Cartel.

The bulk of the fighting, kidnapping and horrific murders have occurred in Tamaulipas and Nuevo León. Coahuila has mainly been able to avoid the violence stemming from the war.

The message left with the slain man points to a spike in violence in the coming days with the arrival of the group.

Raúl Rigoberto Rodríguez Ríos, a delegate for the Coahuila  Attorney General’s Office all but confirmed the slaying was cartel-related.

“Although we are early in the investigations, we suspect the element of organized crime is involved in this execution,” Rodríguez Ríos said in a statement.

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