It’s been a gruesome day for Mexican drug-gang violence in Nuevo Laredo, where nine tortured corpses were hung from a highway bridge and 14 decapitated bodies were stuffed into a van, according to news reports from across the Texas border.
Motorists encountered the dangling bodies of five men and four women early this morning next to a profane message alluding to drug gang disputes, police said. (If you dare, Borderland Beat has photos.) Hours later, police found the bodies and 14 severed heads in coolers outside city hall, the AFP news agency reports.
Three weeks ago the dismembered remains of 14 men were found inside a van left behind Nuevo Laredo city hall, where the heads were found today. The San Antonio Express-News notes that a banner left with those bodies April 18 was allegedly signed by Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, considered Mexico’s leading crime boss — and vowed his Gulf Cartel would take back Nuevo Laredo from the Zeta.
"They’re fighting for it again," Peter Hanna, a retired FBI agent who spent much of his career investigating the Gulf Cartel, told the Express-News. "It is a huge drug corridor, they have tons of methods of crossing it into the United States in Laredo."
The paper writes that if true, Guzman’s offensive "heralds more slaughter."
Today’s grisly finds comes a day after the dismembered bodies of two young photojournalists, a former newspaper photographer and a newspaper sales executive who dated one photographer were found in trash bags in a canal in Veracruz.Thursday was World Press Freedom Day.
At least seven current and former reporters and photographers have been slain in Veracruz over the past 18 months
Last week, Regina Martinez, who wrote about drug gangs and corruption for the national magazine Proceso, was found beaten and strangled in her home in the state capital of Xalapa.