As Mexican cartel battles rage over territory, two horrific attacks took place near the border within the past week.
Violence has escalated between rival factions, “Los Salazar,” associated with the Sinaloa Cartel, and Cártel de Jalisco Nueva Generación since 2017 over American drug distribution routes.
On Friday, seven human heads were discovered in a cooler, all of which were males around 25-40 years of age. Police believe the victims were abducted earlier that day in Francisco Javier Mina, Breitbart reported.
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The violence doesn’t stop there. Cartel gunmen have begun breaking into homes in the early morning hours, waking victims, and fatally shooting them at close range with assault rifles.
The first execution of this kind happened this week in Ciudad Victoria, according to Breitbart.
A 52-year-old woman and an unidentified male were shot several times in the head in their Horacio Terán home. Neighbors called police around 6 a.m. after hearing gunshots. By the time police arrived on the scene, the gunmen had fled, and the couple was deceased.
During the same time frame, another execution team showed up at the home of Ricardo “El Riki” Gonzalez Villanueva, an ex-con, and killed him the same execution style the first couple was murdered in.
Two men were also gunned down in the area of Luis Echeverria with machine guns this week.
The Mexican government has been battling drug trafficking while cartels battle each other for territorial control with drug revenues for the Mexican drug cartels totaling between $19 billion and $29 billion per year just in sales to the U.S. alone.
The U.S. Consulate General in Hermosillo delivered a security warning in August to avoid travel to San Carlos, Guaymas, and Empalme, Sonora, which are both popular tourist attractions.
Travel is too risky with a spike in violence and over 200 federal and state officials, in conjunction with the Mexican Army, have been sent to Guaymas to offer assistance handling the crimes.
Cártel de Jalisco Nueva Generación are members that left the Sinaloa Cartel around 2010. Rubén Oseguera Cervantes, aka “El Mencho,” leads the group.
The DEA considers them “one of the most powerful and fastest growing in Mexico and the United States,” CNN reported.
“Los Salazar,” associated with the Sinaloa Cartel, is the leading drug trafficking group in Mexico.
After the group’s leader, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was arrested and repatriated to the U.S. in January 2017, the DEA said they might now be functioning “with a more horizontal leadership structure than previously thought.”