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Drug cartel hang bodies of three men from highway overpass in Mexican state of Nayarit

December 20, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Drug cartel hang bodies of three men from highway overpass in Mexican state of Nayarit

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Drug cartel gunmen abandoned the bodies of three men hanging from an overpass with a threatening narco-message in the Mexican state of Nayarit.

The incident horrified commuters and exemplifies the raging violence engulfing the country as rival groups engage in fierce territorial wars.

The shocking sight of three male victims who were left hanging from the overpass along one of Nayarit’s busiest roads spread fear and panic among residents.

According to the Mexican news outlet NTV, the sign warned of future violence.

The incident took place in the Mexican coastal state of Nayarit that has been in the middle of the war between the battling factions of the Sinaloa and the Beltran Leyva Cartels.

Cartel gunmen left three hanging bodies from an overpass in Tepic. Photo: Special

The grim discovery was similar to others that had been hung off the overpass in 2011 during the peak of the narco-violence that engulfed the country.

The banner was allegedly posted by Los Mazatlecos an independent cartel who is joining forces with the Beltran Leyva Cartel and has been at war with cells of the Sinaloa drug cartel. The message states that the Mazatleco’s gunmen threaten two rivals referred to as a “puppet for El 18” named Valdivia and another individual known as El Profe.

Los Mazatlecos originally was formed as an armed wing for the Beltran Leyva Cartel but then branched out and started operating independently after the Beltran Leyva Cartel was sorely weakened after the arrests or deaths of their principal leadership.

Los Mazatlecos is currently headed by Fausto Isidro “Chapo Isidro” Meza Flores, one of the world’s most wanted drug traffickers who was a former lieutenant with the Sinaloa Cartel but switched sides in 2008 to the Beltran Leyva Organization.

The banner was signed by” Los Mazatleco H2”, a reference to a former leader of the group named Juan Francisco “H2” Patron Sanchez, who was killed this year. At the time of his death, Patron was believed to be one of Chapo Isidro’s top partners.

Patrón was killed during a shootout with Mexican marines in the streets of Tepic; the military used a helicopter to open fire on him.

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