Twelve decapitated near Guadalajara, drug gang suspected

MEXICO CITY Wed May 9, 2012 3:03pm EDT

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Police found the decapitated and dismembered bodies of at least 12 people dumped near Mexico's second largest city, Guadalajara, in what appeared to be the latest atrocity by the country's most brutal drug cartel, a local officer said Wednesday.

The bodies stuffed into two vehicles abandoned on the side of a highway had been so badly mutilated officers could not tell if they were male or female, said a policeman in the small town of Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos, where the corpses were found.

A note by the bodies was signed by the Zetas cartel, a criminal militia led by former Mexican soldiers blamed for some of the worst recent atrocities in Mexico's drug war, the officer said.

Guadalajara, known for its high-tech industry and Mexican icons including mariachi bands and tequila, has been a strategic base for drug traffickers since the 1980s.

But violence has flared recently in the once-tranquil city as the Zetas moved in to challenge the smuggling turf of other gangs in western Mexico.

Soldiers in March arrested a high-ranking member of the powerful Sinaloa Cartel in the city, causing his supporters to block streets with 25 burning cars and trucks.

Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos lays 18 miles south of the center of Guadalajara on the road to Lake Chapala, a site popular with foreign tourists and American retirees.

Attacks between the Zetas and their rivals have flared up across Mexico since the beginning of the year.

On Friday, nine corpses were hanged from a bridge in the border city of Nuevo Laredo just hours before 14 bodies were dismembered and shoved into garbage bags and ice boxes.

Five days of intense battles in western Sinaloa state last week also left 34 dead, adding to the body count in Mexico's drug war, which has killed more than 50,000 people in the past five years.

(Reporting By Lizbeth Diaz and Ioan Grillo; editing by Todd Eastham)

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malcolmkyle wrote:
Mexico’s gruesome civil war is clearly a product of the failed policy of Prohibition.

Alcohol prohibition was a tremendous failure due to the incredible amount of crime and disorder it created. Human nature hasn’t changed since the 1920s and early 30s. Then, the distribution of liquor was turned over to a whole new group of criminal entrepreneurs. Now, due to the drug war, dangerous mind altering substances are again being manufactured, smuggled and sold by criminals. Prohibition has turned Mexico into a civil war zone. Our intentions in prohibiting these substances may well be good, but the result of our inability to recognize the futility of such an action will both deepen and prolong the agony caused by this useless and dangerous policy.

The future depends on whether or not enough of us are willing to take a long look at the tragic results of prohibition. If we continue to skirt the primary issue while refusing to address the root problem then we can expect no other result than a worsening of the current dire situation. – Good intentions, wishful thinking and pseudoscience are no match for the immutable realities of human nature.

May 10, 2012 3:22am EDT  --  Report as abuse
malcolmkyle wrote:
An appeal to all Prohibitionists:

Most of us know that individuals who use illegal drugs are going to get high – no matter what, so why do you not prefer they acquire them in stores that check IDs and pay taxes? Even if we could afford to put Narcs on every single corner, at least half of them would soon become dealers themselves. Gifting the market in narcotics to ruthless criminals, foreign terrorists and corrupt law enforcement officials is seriously compromising our future.

Why do you wish to continue with a policy that has proven itself to be a poison in the veins of our once so proud & free nation? Even if you cannot bear the thought of people using drugs, there is absolutely nothing you, or any government, can do to stop them. We have spent 40 years and trillions of dollars on this dangerous farce; Prohibition will not suddenly and miraculously start showing different results. Do you actually believe you may personally have something to lose If we were to begin basing our drug policy on science & logic instead of ignorance, hate and lies?

Maybe you’re a police officer, a prison guard or a local/national politician. Possibly you’re scared of losing employment, overtime-pay, the many kick-backs and those regular fat bribes. But what good will any of that do you once our society has followed Mexico over the dystopian abyss of dismembered bodies, vats of acid and marauding thugs carrying gold-plated AK-47s with leopard-skinned gunstocks?

Kindly allow us to forgo the next level of your sycophantic prohibition-engendered mayhem.

Prohibition Prevents Regulation : Legalize, Regulate and Tax!

May 10, 2012 8:55am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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