Saturday, May 5, 2012

Nine Bodies Discovered Hanging From A Nuevo Laredo Bridge In Mexican Bordertown

The women killed might have been raped before being murdered, but authorities haven't confirmed the forensic results.

By H. Nelson Goodson
May 5, 2012

Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico - On Saturday, the Mexican Secretary of National Defense (Sedena) reported that on Friday, 23 bodies had been found in two locations in the bordertown of Nuevo Laredo. Fourteen dismembered bodies with their heads missing in black plastic garbage bags were recovered after 9:00 a.m. inside a vehicle in front of the Mexican Customs Clearance Agents Association office and their severed heads inside portable ice coolers were found several hours later near city hall.Another nine bodies, four women and five men were found around 1:00 a.m. on Friday hanging from a bridge along the National highway and Luis Donaldo Blvd. A narcosign found near the bodies alleged that those who were killed were members of the Gulf Cartel sent to take over the Nuevo Laredo drug trade. The victims were also accused of being part of a group from the Gulf Cartel that ignited a car bomb at the Public Security Municipal building on April 24. The narcosign didn't include who wrote it or who committed the horrific homicides, but authorities suspect the Zetas were involved.
The bodies, which have not been identified showed signs of torture and mutilation, according to a preliminary forensic examine. Speculation was raised, that the women killed might have been raped before being murdered, but authorities have not confirmed, if any signs of sexaul assaults had occurred.
The Gulf Cartel is part of the Pacific Federation criminal enterprise led by the Cartel de Sinaloa that was formed to eliminate Los Zetas and any other competition inorder to control the multibillion drug trade routes along the bordertowns between Mexico and the U.S., according to Sedena.
On April 17, fourteen bodies were found and a narco message indicated that Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera and Sinaloa Cartel had arrived in Nuevo Laredo to eliminate Los Zetas.
Mexican authorities continue to investigate the homicides.

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