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Bodies hung from bridge in Cuernavaca, Mexico

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  1. Balzafire
    Police in Mexico say they have found four bodies hung from a bridge in an affluent town south of Mexico City.
    The four men had been decapitated and mutilated before being hung by their ankles from the bridge outside Cuernavaca, in the state of Morelos.

    A message had been left with their heads warning that anyone supporting Edgar Valdez would risk a similar fate.

    Edgar Valdez is reportedly fighting Hector Beltran Leyva for control of the influential Beltran Leyva drug cartel.

    Cuernavaca, a city of 350,000 and a popular weekend retreat spot for wealthy residents of Mexico City, is at the centre of the turf war.

    The cartel has been without a leader since Arturo Beltran Leyva was killed by the security forces in December.

    Edgar Valdez, a US citizen known as Barbie for his blonde hair, is a leading contender to take over as the head of the gang.

    But Hector Beltran Leyva, the former leader's brother, is also vying for that position. His other brother Carlos, another contender for the leadership, was arrested in January.

    Police said the killing of the four men, aged between 25 and 30, was most probably linked to the drug turf war.

    They had been reported kidnapped days earlier.

    The Beltran Leyva organisation is believed to have the most sophisticated intelligence of any of the Mexican drug cartels, and controls firms involved in, among others, transportation, electronics, health products and hospitality.

    Control over its many and varied operations is seen as a key prize.


    22 August 2010
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-11054730

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  1. buseman
    Drug gang hangs headless bodies from bridge


    Four decapitated corpses have been strung from a bridge in a popular getaway outside the Mexican capital, the latest atrocity as the country battles an escalating drug war.

    The bodies of the four young men were discovered early on Sunday (local time), hung upside down by their feet from a bridge near a wealthy area of Cuernavaca, a leafy city about an hour outside Mexico City, where many of the nation's elite own homes.

    The victims were mutilated, according to a statement from the attorney general's office in Morelos state, which includes Cuernavaca.

    The statement also said that body parts removed from the corpses had been found nearby, along with a handmade sign.

    "This will happen to everyone that helps the traitor Edgar Valdes," the placard read, referring to a leading drug capo whose real name is Edgar Valdez.

    It was signed CPS, the initials for the South Pacific Cartel, a relatively new drug gang that has claimed responsibility for other gruesome killings.

    Drug violence has escalated across Mexico as president Felipe Calderon goes after powerful cartels and as rival gangs fight over smuggling turf.

    More than 28,000 people have died in drug violence since Calderon took office in late 2006.

    While much of the bloodshed is centred in northern Mexico, violence has climbed Cuernavaca, a once-quiet colonial city, since security forces killed a top drug lord, Arturo Beltran Leyva, in a shoot-out there in December.

    His death kicked off a power struggle within his cartel, and rival gangs have been seeking to co-opt his territory.

    Valdez, a Mexican-American known as 'La Barbie' due to his blond hair, is a leading contender to head the Beltran Leyva cartel.

    A spokeswoman for the state attorney general's office said the crime appeared to be linked to drug trafficking and that federal authorities would lead the investigation.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/08/23/2990266.htm?site=news
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