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There have been several episodes of drug war violence in Mexico in recent months, however, it seems that the episodes are escalating as with the most recent one, which took the lives of 49 people who had been brutally killed and left in a public place.
The bodies were found in the city of San Juan on a non-toll highway that connects Monterrey in northern Mexico to the U.S. border at around 4 a.m. Sunday morning. Of the bodies found, 43 of them were men and the rest were women.
Federal police officers immediately shut down the highway and according to Nuevo Leon state Attorney General Adrian de la Garza, speculation ensued that it was indeed an act connected to the ongoing drug war. He stated that organized crime groups often make very public body dumps with multiple victims as warnings to their rivals, however he did not want to rule out the possibility that the victims were U.S.-bound migrants, according to The Guardian.
What is leading citizens of the area and federal officers to believe that this was a drug related war, according to Nuevo Leon state security spokesman Jorge Domene, is that “a banner left at the site bore a message with the Zetas drug cartel taking responsibility for the massacre.” According to Domene, “the fact the bodies were found with the heads, hands and feet cut off will make identification difficult. The bodies were being taken to Monterrey for DNA tests.”
Attorney General De La Garza believes that the victims could have been killed up to two days ago and then transported to San Juan, however, there is no evidence to support this at this time.
According to the Associated Press, these are the most recent episodes of drug war violence in Mexico alone:
The war is worsening between the Mexican drug cartels as they fight over who controls the local drug markets and smuggling routes into the United States, and unfortunately, innocent lives are being brutally lost as a result of three things, money, greed and power.