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A busy city street in a coastal city of the Gulf of Mexico was the scene of a horrific traffic jam when armed men worked to dump thirty five bodies, including nearly a dozen women on to the road. Motorists, sending messages to friends and family, described the group of men as armed and wearing masks and military uniforms. Some of the gunmen were reported to have waved their guns at motorists, prompting those people to warn others not to travel in the area saying “there is danger there.”

Reynaldo Escobar Perez, the Vera Cruz State Attorney General reported that the bodies were left piled on two truck with others scattered along the ground of an underpass located near a shopping mall near the city of Boca Del Rio. The police have identified seven of the victims so far all with ties to organized crime so far. The identified victims all have extensive criminal records for crimes that have ranged from murder, drug dealing, kidnapping, extortion and more. Police suspect that some of the dead might be some of the escaped prisoners who escaped from three separate Vera Cruz prisons on Monday. Thirty two or more prisoners are reported to have made the break, fourteen have been recaptured.

Perez would not speculate about who was responsible for the dumped bodies, however the area is key in the battle between the Gulf and Zetas drug cartels. Those drug gangs are the biggest among a number of gangs that are becoming both increasingly violent as well as more and more vicious. It is estimated that over four thousand known victims have been killed in the drug wars with many more people missing and presumed dead. Families do not report loved ones as gone for fear that the gangs will come back for them as well. The violence is not just occurring in Mexico, however, with some of the violence spilling over into the border towns of the United States.

In addition to the dumped bodies, the Mexican Army has reported the capture of a key figure from the Knight’s Templar drug cartel, strong in parts of Western Mexico. Saul Solis Solis, a former police chief and political aspirant was captured without incident. Solis, the cousin of the suspected leader of the Knight’s Templar cartel had been sought on an arrest warrant for organized crime, drug trafficking and other crimes, most committed during his unsuccessful run for the federal congress.

The Knight’s Templar broke from La Familia in 2010 and have been very active, namely for the manufacturing and sale of methamphetamine across much of Mexico and into the United States./ The drug cartel, which relies on pseudo religious rites and behaviors is also suspected of growing, harvesting and selling other drugs like marijuana as well as violent attacks carried out on the military and the federal police.  One such attack left an officer and four soldiers dead in May of 2007.


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