Mexican authorities found the mutilated, decapitated bodies of at least 49 people in plastic garbage bags early Sunday morning near the town of Cadereyta Jiménez between the cities of Monterrey and Reynosa.
The bodies were on a road approximately 80 miles from the U.S. border in the northern state of Nuevo Leon. CNN reports a message written on a wall nearby appeared to refer to the Zetas drug cartel.
The army and federal police arrived to cordon off the area and investigate after calls began coming in around 2:30 in the morning.
“This continues to be violence between criminal groups. This is not attack against the civilian population,” said Jorge Domene, Nuevo Leon’s state security spokesperson. Last week, a retired military general arrived to take over Cadereyta Jiménez depleted police force.
This comes just days after authorities discovered dismembered, decapitated bodies of 18 people in two vehicles between Guadalajara and Chapula, Jalisco in western Mexico. In addition, on May 4, 23 bodies were discovered in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, nine of the which were hanging from a highway overpass.
Tens of thousands have died since 2006 when President Felipe Calderon deployed the army to combat these groups.
The two warring groups in the north-central region are the Sinaloa Federation and Los Zetas. Along the Texas border on the Gulf coast, the Zetas are warring with the Gulf Cartel. All are battling for lucrative routes into the world’s largest drug market, the United States.
This will add pressure on Washington to secure the U.S. border to prevent the violence from spreading into this country.
In the past, President Obama pressed President Calderon to crack down on the drug cartels while Calderon called on the Obama Administration to do more to quell the flow of guns from the U.S. into Mexico.
Due to pressure from gun rights activists over the years, there are weak gun control laws in the U.S. while there is relatively easy access to firearms through gun shows, which do not require background checks or waiting periods. This allows Mexican and American cartel agents to buy the weapons, which fuel the ongoing conflict.
Mexico will host the Group of Twenty summit next month with leaders from around the world including Russian President Vladimir Putin and France’s President-elect, François Hollande.
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