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Cartel dismembers Uber drivers in Mexican border state

June 17, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Cartel dismembers Uber drivers in Mexican border state

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At least three Uber drivers were killed in Monterrey while others were targeted in just a few months, indicating a new trend in organized crime.

Similarly to using taxi drivers as lookouts and street level drug dealers, local cartels in the state of Nuevo Leon are now shifting their attention to Uber drivers.

The Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas were the first criminal organizations that used regular cabs to distribute drugs and invade the streets of Nuevo Leon with moving lookouts.

As Uber grew to become widespread in the city, law enforcement officials are seeing more incidents of drivers with the company participating in organized crime.

Drug cartels have dismembered several Uber drivers in the Mexican border city of Monterrey in recent months

Over the past six months, Nuevo Leon’s Attorney General’s Office collected evidence of multiple cases where Uber drivers were linked to the transportation of drugs, street-level drug dealing, burglaries, and other criminal activities tied to organized criminal groups.

Police also uncovered three killings, a homicide attempt, and a kidnapping all associated with the company’s contractors.

The first murder case was launched in December when the family members of Gustavo Saavedra-Perez, 38, reported him missing after he disappeared for over 72 hours. The victim’s remains were discovered beheaded and dismembered in the trunk of a vehicle with Nuevo Leon plates.

Breitbart Texas reported that the car’s GPS system helped detectives identify evidence in the neighborhood of Jardines de Guadalupe. The current investigation points to the street-level distribution of drugs and the victim’s cocaine addiction as a motive for the slaying.

The remains of Gustavo Saavedra Perez were discovered in the Jardines de Guadalupe section of Monterrey in December

In March, authorities in Nuevo Leon indicated that cartel gunmen dismembered Mauricio Huerta, 30, who was also working as an Uber driver. The incident was also tied to drug dealing.

Huerta was beheaded, dismembered, and stuffed inside of black trash bags in Santa Catarina, a violent industrial suburb of Monterrey. Beside his remains, cartel members placed a message targeting the Cartel Del Noreste (CDN). The message was from the Golden Group and Commander 25 of Vieja Escuela or “Old School Zetas.”

One month later, an Uber driver and a passenger were abducted and tortured by cartel members trying to gather information linked to drug trafficking. The victims were dumped on the side of a highway. The killers thought that 21-year-old Ruben Beltran-Sanchez, the passenger in the vehicle, was dead. However, the victim managed to survive and gave authorities information about the incident.

In May, a cab driver was fatally shot by gunmen as he pulled into his home in the suburb of Escobedo.

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