Cartels Are Out of Control — Nine Bodies Hung From Bridge

Cartels Are Out of Control — Nine Bodies Hung From Bridge

( – Violent turf wars between Mexican drug cartels have reopened calls for local, state, and federal authorities to increase military and law enforcement patrols and provide extra security measures to protect residents and tourists.

The call comes as Mexican authorities discovered nine bodies hanging from an overpass and another lying on the street in the central state of Zacatecas last Thursday. Terrified locals described the scene as a bloody and savage warzone and said cartels leave such carnage to intimidate and scare their rivals.

The Associated Press reported a deadly shooting attack between rival cartels at the Puerto Morelos resort near Cancun, sending tourists running for their lives earlier this month. Just two weeks before the Puerto Morelos shooting, a German tourist and a travel blogger from California died in a crossfire between drug rivals in the tourist beach town of Tulum.

According to reports, the Sinaloa and Jalisco New Generation drug cartels have been fighting for control of the region because it’s a key transit point to move drugs closer to the US border. Mexican authorities have reported fentanyl as one of the highest-trafficked drugs along this route to date.

Last week, Drug Enforcement Agency Administrator Anne Milgram said cartels are mass-producing fentanyl and methamphetamines and smuggling the drugs into the United States. According to the Center for Disease Control, fentanyl can be 100 times more potent than morphine, increasing the risks of overdoses. In addition, the National Institute on Drug Abuse director, Nora Volkow, says drug dealers can make a lot more money selling fentanyl instead of heroin or cocaine.

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