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Mexican authorities discover human remains of six people in the Baja tourist city of Ensenada

April 24, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican authorities discover human remains of six people in the Baja tourist city of Ensenada

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The discovery of six bodies in graves in the tourist city of Ensenada resulted in a forensic investigation to identify the victims. Authorities discovered the remains on April 10th and 11th, in an unpopulated area between El Saizal and Maneadero, the State Attorney General’s Office revealed.

Officials discovered the bodies after the state attorney general’s office obtained a tip from the Association Against Missing Persons of Baja California about the possible presence of clandestine graves in Ensenada and Mexicali.

According to local reports,  officials have not yet identified the six heavily decomposed body, and their genders are still not clear, but detectives verified that the victims showed signs of torture. The victims’ heads were covered in duct tape and hands and feet were tied.

The discovery of the bodies along with the posting of a narco-banner threatening a cartel turf war near the residence of the mayor of Ensenada has led to fear of continued violence in this popular tourist beach area, which sits roughly 60 miles south of the U.S. border.

According to Mexican press outlet Proceso, the narco-banner was found on April 11th, a short distance from the home of Ensenada Mayor Marco Novela.

The narco banner was discovered near the home of the Mayor of Ensenada

The narco-banner included a message threatening the Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) allied with the  Arellano Félix and the Sinaloa Cartel.

The message states that Ensenada— “belongs to me” and is from the “Cártel La Rana,” Proceso reported.

“La Rana” is identified as René Arzate García, a leader of a Sinaloa Cartel faction known as Los Aquiles or “Cártel La Rana.” René Arzate García is wanted by the FBI on a federal warrant out of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California for conspiring to import marijuana.

At present, Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG) and portions of the Cártel Arellano Félix have joined in their battle against warring factions of the Sinaloa Cartel Los Aquiles and “Los Uriarte.”

The popular tourist city of Ensenada has undergone a dramatic surge in cartel-related violence as rival group battle for control of the lucrative street-level drug business and valuable trafficking territories. Authorities reported 48 homicides in 2015, 68 in 2016, and 294 last year.

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