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Drug cartel hangs six bodies from overpass in Mexican tourist spots of Cabo, La Paz

December 22, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Drug cartel hangs six bodies from overpass in Mexican tourist spots of Cabo, La Paz The tourist state of Baja California Sur has suffered a wave of violence for months.

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Drug cartel hitmen hung the bodies of six men off of three overpasses and posted narco-messages in the popular tourist destinations of La Paz and Cabo in the state of Baja California Sur.

The horrific scenes greeted morning commuters on Wednesday and served as an example of the out of control cartel violence engulfing the Baja Peninsula.

The beaten and tortured corpses hanging from the overpasses also exemplifies the obvious inability of the Mexican government to curb cartel violence and provide security for its citizens.

The first bodies were discovered in the early morning hours in La Paz, according to Proceso.

The tourist state of Baja California Sur has suffered a wave of violence for months.

At roughly the same time, the bodies of two others were seen hanging from an overpass along a highway heading to the Los Cabos International Airport. Soon after, police responded to another report of two men in Cabos San Lucas.

The method of hanging bodies from overpasses appears not to have been previously seen in the state of Baja California Sur.

While not frequent in the tourist hotspot, the practice is quite common in other parts of Mexico where cartel violence continues to intensify. On Monday, the corpses of three men were left hanging from a bridge in the state of Nayarit.

The banners at the three separate crime scenes appear to have been a message by rival drug gangs known as Los Guzmanes and Los Tegoripeños, threatening their enemies.

In recent months, the once quiet area of Baja California has seen an increase in cartel violence that resulted in the deployment of military forces to control public security duties. The chaos is associated with a fight for control by the Sinaloa Cartel and Jalisco New Generation Cartel.

“Los Guzmanes” relates to a group working for the Sinaloa drug cartel that is headed by the family of jailed kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

“Los Tegoripeños” appears to be a regional allied unit that surfaced in November when narco-messages appeared in La Paz and Los Cabos, threatening the governor and law enforcement agencies to align with them.

Violence around the tourist areas has escalated in recent months. Last week Juan Manuel Mayorga, chief of police in Los Cabos was gunned down by armed assailants.

He became the fourth police commander and twelve policemen to be executed this year in Baja California Sur.

 

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