After 14 dismembered bodies were found in Northern Mexico on Thursday, authorities believe the discovery is linked to drug violence over cartel turf wars, and it’s a war that continues on at the American border.
The bodies of 11 men and 3 women were found in the town of El Mante, Tamaulipas, near the town’s city hall. The town has been considered the most violent state in Mexico, according to government statistics.
Though Federal forces have stepped up the security in Tamaulipas in late 2010, it is still common to see violence caused by rival drug cartels, with more than 55,000 people being killed in the conflict since President Felipe Calderon sent in the army to fight drug gangs shortly after he took office in December 2006.
Last month, Mexico’s interior minister said the Zetas drug cartel and members of the allied Gulf and Sinaloa cartels were in a fierce feud in the region. He blamed the battle between rival cartels for the 49 decapitated and dismembered bodies left along a highway in the northern city of Cadereyta, Nuevo Leon.
Tamaulipas boarders the U.S. and the drug cartels have been long been fighting over the drug routes that lead to getting drugs into the United States. Officials indicated that a banner was left behind claiming creditability for the slayings but what was written on it was not revealed to the public.