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Five cartel murder victims discovered near the California border

August 14, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Five cartel murder victims discovered near the California border

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Mexican law enforcement in the border city Tecate found five murder victims in advanced stages of decay with a threatening narco-message left by a purported drug cartel.

The horrific discovery took place on the evening of August 5th when authorities got an anonymous tip about several remains left near Colonia Nido de Las Águilas in the municipality of Tecate, according to local reports.

The area is located on the border with California, roughly 22 miles west of Tijuana.

Municipal and investigative authorities recovered the bodies and managed the remote crime scene. The causes of death could not be ascertained, but it is alleged that they were shot at the scene due to shell casings discovered near the bodies.

Authorities said a narco-message was discovered with the five bodies

Detectives also revealed that a narco-banner was found nearby. The message was addressed to “Ponchi” and said, “Keep sending your [people] and we will leave them here–Los Aquiles do not want you here.”

Narco-banners are often used by cartels to threaten rivals, authorities, politicians, and reporters.

“Los Aquiles” or “Cártel La Rana” is a faction of the Sinaloa Cartel which is headed by René Arzate García. He is currently wanted by the FBI for conspiring to import marijuana into the U.S.

The violence in the area is attributed to a turf wae between portions of the Cártel Arellano Félix–aligned with Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG)–against fighting factions of the Sinaloa Cartel’s Los Aquiles and “Los Uriarte.” Much of the violence and cartel presence is centered in or near the beach community of Ensenada.

Francisco Castro Trenti, the Secretary for Public Security for the municipality of Tecate, attributed the violence on the presence of criminals gangs from outside the area. He told the press the criminal groups are not locals and stem from the violence in Tijuana.

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