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Rival cartel factions incinerating victims in Mexican border city of Reynosa

June 21, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Rival cartel factions incinerating victims in Mexican border city of Reynosa

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Cartel groups fighting over control of the border city of Reynosa are once again dismembering their victims and are using 55- gallon drums filled with fuel to burn the bodies.

It is not clear how many victims have been incinerated, however, the battles between rival Guls Cartel faction , whicherupted in the streets of Reynosa since May has resulted in 65 recorded casualties.

Raging violence has been taking place on a daily occurance as convoys gunmen in SUV continue to patrol the streets.

Unrecorded killings are believed to be due to cartel kidnappings occurring on a regular basis. The abducted victims are usually linked to organized crime or their family members and are rarely seen again.


Rival Gulf Cartel factions have remained at war for control of the border city of Reynosa

Throughout the poor areas of the city, residents have discovered burned-out drums with holes in them. In Valley Soleado, citizens are finding apparent burned-out drums and tires but do not report this to authorities out of fear of the Gulf Cartel.

The drums indicate a practice where cartel members punch holes and use oil, fuel, tires and other flammable materials to burn human remains, according to Breitbart Texas.

Fighting erupted in April just after a team of Mexican Marines killed Juan Manuel “El Toro” Loiza Salinas, the former regional leader of the Gulf Cartel.

The death opened to a power vacuum where his nephew Alberto “Betillo” Salinas and Luis Alberto “Pelochas or M-28” Blanco Flores, along with other leaders, attempted to keep control of Reynosa.

The other group is headed by Petronilo “Panilo or M-100” Moreno Flores, Jesus “Wero Jessi” Garcia, and other important Gulf Cartel leaders seeking to regain control of the area. Each side is enhancing the deployment of foot soldiers or “estacas” to secure properties and patrol streets to protect drug trafficking territories. The added presence of gunmen has led to clashes with Tamaulipas police and Mexican soldiers.

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