Feb 22, 2008

Cartel crusades: Fighting over Juarez

Mexican federal authorities this month seized a wooden cross containing cocaine in Cuernavaca, Morelos. Officials said it was on its way to the United States.
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Unceasing violence at the border
By Kelly McKenzie
Feb. 22, 2008
JUAREZ, MEXICO -- Federal agents continue their excavation work at a home in the Cuernavaca subdivision of Juarez, Chihuahua after uncovering a body there. Officials allegedly were told that up to 20 bodies could be buried in the city's latest narco grave.
DEA-connected sources say informants in Juarez have reported the presence of Zetas (enforcers for the Gulf cartel) and hit squads for the Tijuana cartel, adding to speculation that other cartels may be trying to muscle in on the Carrillo Fuentes/Chapo Guzman cartel.
The ongoing violence and activity of cartel rivals in the region could explain why the army was sent to Juarez to round up suspects and seize weapons and drugs.
In the past, the Juarez drug cartel has been allowed to operate without hindrance, and any drug violence was attributed to shakeups within the organization.
The sources also said drug capo Vicente Carrillo Fuentes reportedly is in the state of Chihuahua, and is keeping a low profile.