Bodies continue to pile up as the struggle for territory between rival gangs continues to pile up. Jalisco Cartel and the Sinaloa Cartel in the Mexican state of Zacatecas continues.
Alejandro Tello said the bitter struggle for control of territory has placed the state in a serious security crisis with the opposing Mexican drug cartels as protagonists, Mexico News Daily reported.
On Tuesday, June 29, two bodies were found hanging from trees in the Mexican state of Zacatecas – one in Fresnillo and one in Valparaiso.
The next day, authorities located nine more bodies, all with marks of torture. The two bodies were found in plastic bags on a street in Fresnillo, while four were found wrapped in blankets in the town of Zacatecas.
The other three bodies with gunshot wounds were found on a road in the municipality of Morelos, north of the capital. Two of these bodies in Morelos were “crucified”. The bodies were impaled back to back on the same cross.
The nine murders are said to be linked to the territorial dispute between the rival Jalisco cartel and the Sinaloa cartel.
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Last February, the governor of the northern state sent a letter to Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, asking for the support of the federal government in the fight against organized criminal groups.
The governor said state and municipal security forces were outnumbered and armed than powerful Mexican drug cartels, Akkam World reported.
The army and national guard operating in Zacatecas have been unable to stop the growing violence. The state was the seventh most violent region in Mexico in the first five months of the year, with more than 600 murders reported.
On June 23, an alleged shootout between the Jalisco cartel and the Sinaloa cartel left 18 people dead in Zacatecas state.
Zacatecas State Security Department spokeswoman RocÃo Aguilar said the confrontation occurred in the community of San Juan Capistrano, in the municipality of Valparaiso, Al Jazeera reported.
This came days after three bodies were found hanging from a bridge in Fresnillo, and two police bodies were found hanging from an overpass in the town of Zacatecas. Seven people were also gunned down at a house in Fresnillo last month.
Mexican President on Mexican Drug Cartels
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s strategy to curb violence has proven weak over the past two weeks and overtaken by unstoppable Mexican drug cartels, El Pais reported.
Lopez Obrador maintained his “hugs, not balls” approach, setting himself apart from former president Enrique Pena Nieto and his predecessor Felipe Calderon.
Calderon and Nieto have waged a war on drug trafficking. But Lopez Obrador called it a failed war during his campaign in 2018.
Security expert Eduardo Guerrero noted that Lopez Obrador had ordered areas to be monitored, but he avoided conflict.
Guerrero noted that the number of territories has been left at the mercy of crime, which in the long run will generate more violence as there will be more competition.
The security expert also told Mexico News Daily that the government’s non-confrontational security strategy has allowed Mexican drug cartels to operate with impunity in states like Zacatecas and Tamaulipas, where massacres have recently taken place. .
He said criminals are taking advantage of political limbo to carry out attacks because the risk of going unpunished is very high.
In Tamaulipas, Governor Francisco Garcia Cabeza de Vaca is not expected to step down until the end of 2022. However, it remains unclear whether he will complete his six-year term as federal authorities seek to indict him with the felony. organized and money laundering.
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