The brutalized bodies of seven people have been found dumped in a tourist hotspot, with cartel involvement in the deaths more than likely.
Seven dead men have been found abandoned in the Huasteca region of Mexico, with the beautifully bustling area taking a turn for the worse after the massacred bodies were discovered.
A disturbing message was featured alongside the bodies found in the tourist hotspot, leading to cartel involvement due to the chilling warning left on the bodies.
The message scribbled on the badly damaged bodies points to the involvement of a dangerous Gulf of Mexico cartel, which tends to operate along the northern border of the United States.
Seven men were left dead and butchered, their bodies dumped in the idyllic tourist destination with a dangerous warning left on the bodies, which were badly beaten and bruised.
The message “This is what happened to me for working with the Gulf” was engraved on the bodies found at the tourist site.
It marks a likely reference to the ultra-violent Gulf Cartel, which last month reportedly shut down dozens of towns in northern Colombia because their leader was extradited to the United States.
The chilling message left on the bodies was signed “Valles Operation OB”, in apparent reference to a rival gang.
San Luis Potosi prosecutors said the bodies did not appear to be from the town of Aquismon, where they were all discovered.
They added that the bodies could have been slaughtered elsewhere and then transported to the tourist hotspot, the New York Post reported.
Dumping bodies would appear to be another part of the Gulf Cartel’s scare tactics, which DEA Administrator Anne Milgram has denounced, saying they used “intimidation and extreme violence” as a way to control the area.
Milgram said: “For decades, the Gulf Cartel has used intimidation and extreme violence to maintain control of its territories in northeastern Mexico and smuggle deadly drugs into communities across the United States.”
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