Drug Law

New Low in Drug War: Headless Bodies Hanged on Mexican Bridge

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

The ongoing drug war in Mexico took a turn to the macabre this weekend, with the discovery of four decapitated bodies hanging from a bridge near Mexico City. It's the latest internal violence in a war for control of a drug cartel.

The beheaded and mutilated bodies were hanged by their feet early Sunday from the bridge in Cuernavaca, a popular weekend getaway for Mexico City residents. According to the Attorney General, a group led by drug kingpin Hector Beltran Leyva left a note with the bodies, claiming responsibility for the murders.

Beltran Leyva has been in a battle for control of the cartel since his brother, who was the leader of the cartel, was killed in a December. Another faction is loyal to a U.S.-born kingpin named Edgar Valdes Villarreal, aka "the Barbie."

The message left with the bodies threatened: "This is what will happen to all those who support the traitor Edgar Valdez Villareal"

Authorities said the four men were kidnapped last week.

Some 28,000 people have been killed in the nearly four years since Mexico stepped up its battle with the country's powerful drug cartels.