Five men decapitated in brutal drug gang war after fight between rival cartels
Five people have died after a vicious shootout involving two warring Mexican cartels.
The horrifying incident took place on the road that leads from Villa Coronado to Jiménez, Chihuahua, Mexico, at around 3pm on Saturday, February 13.
Several other drivers reported seeing armed subjects in the area of the junction to Iturralde.
After police responded to the scene they discovered the decapitated heads of three of the cartel members placed on the hood of a vehicle.
They also found three cars which had been shot at and had several firearm impacts.
The investigating agents are currently recovering evidence from the area, local media reports.
Those killed are reported to have been part of the Gente Nueva group, the armed wing of the Sinaloa Cartel.
The cartel is under the command of the criminal leader Antonino Leon aka El 300 and operates in the southern part of the state.
An expert previously told Daily Star the faction is an "up-and-coming" gang within the Mexican cartel scene and have set about targeting territory in north-west Mexico in recent years.
Gladys McCormick, a professor at Syracuse University and expert on Mexico’s political violence, told the Daily Star: "Within Sinaloa today, there’s also another up and coming gang.
"They’re called La Gente Nueva – the new people – and they’re one of the cells that are really making inroads in terms of their leadership structures."
She went on: "There’s also a huge amount of infighting going on with the Jalisco Generation Cartel (CJNG), which broke off from the Sinaloa cartel after El Chapo’s arrest in 2014. They are very violent.
"They’ve already essentially taken control of the state of Jalisco, which includes Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta."
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