50 bodies found in Mexico, victims of drug violence

While our president refuses to take necessary measures to secure our border, this is what’s happening on the other side of the Rio Grande:

(Yahoo) Fifty dead bodies have been discovered over the past two days in western Mexico, victims of a fierce war waged between the government and the nation’s powerful drug cartels.

The bodies of 26 young men were dumped in three vehicles near a busy intersection in Guadalajara. It bore the signs of a drug vendetta and a chilling message of more to come in Mexico’s second city, set to host an international book fair this weekend.

The gruesome find came the day after 24 bodies were discovered in the city of Culiacan, in northwestern Sinaloa state.

A message found with the latest bodies said the peace enjoyed by the states of Jalisco and Sinaloa, allegedly as a result of agreements between local authorities and the Sinaloa cartel, was over.

“There were 26 corpses altogether, all male and aged from 25 to 35 years,” Fernando Guzman, a top official in Jalisco state, of which Guadalajara is capital, told a news conference Thursday.

Most of the men had been asphyxiated, some were naked and some marked with the words Milenio and Zetas — the names of drug gangs — in oil, Guzman said.

Earlier this week yet another incident of Mexican drug cartel spill-over occurred, this time in Houston. The result was a shoot-out leaving one Houston officer wounded.

(Houston Chronicle) One man was killed and an undercover sheriff’s deputy wounded Monday in a shootout between a drug task force monitoring an 18-wheeler and hijackers who tried to take control of the truck in a northwest Harris County neighborhood, officials said.

One of the attackers was also injured, struck by an officer’s vehicle when he tried to shoot the officer, authorities said.

The Harris County sheriff’s deputy and other members of a multi-agency narcotics task force were watching the truck, thought to be carrying drugs, about 2 p.m. Monday near Hollister and Bourgeois when several vehicles approached the truck and opened fire, said Christina Garza, a Harris County sheriff’s spokeswoman.

The deputy and the other investigators at the scene immediately began firing at the hijackers.

“In that exchange of gunfire, one of our undercover deputies at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office was struck in the leg,” Garza said.

A sheriff’s department spokesman at the scene said he didn’t know what kind of drugs were inside the truck.

The deputy was taken to a hospital where he is expected to fully recover, officials said.

A man sitting inside the tanker truck cab died after he was shot during the gunfight. Garza said officials didn’t know who shot the man.

The wounded deputy was not identified because of his undercover law enforcement work. He is assigned to the multi-agency High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force, officials said.

Garza said one of the hijackers tried to shoot at an officer, who then hit the attacker which his vehicle. He was taken to an area hospital in unknown condition.

Investigators also arrested several people who tried to flee, officials said.

Sheriff’s officials at the scene would not confirm reports that the person killed was a police informant.

The tanker truck continued rolling forward during the gunbattle until it finally veered off the road and into a wooded area next to Champions Crossing subdivision.

Hamilton Russell, who lives nearby, said the truck looked familiar.

“For the last few days, there’s been a truck that looks very similar to that parking over there,” Russell said.

The truck came to a stop near a small park popular with children in the neighborhood.

“I’m just glad that the kids weren’t around here playing. It was a real shock to me,” said Keith Pruitt, who lives in the subdivision.

A Harris County sheriff’s deputy heading to the shooting was injured when he collided with a school bus.

The deputy had triggered his lights and siren when an Aldine ISD bus struck his patrol car near West Road and Antoine. The school bus also hit a third vehicle near the intersection, officials said.

No students were on the school bus at the time.

The deputy, the bus driver and the driver of the third vehicle were taken to the hospital for treatment, officials said.

Unfortunately, unless there we have substantial change in our border security and enforcement policies, we have no reason to believe Mexican drug violence in the U.S. will subside.

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