Mexico police arrested five members of a notorious drug cartel after the members were reportedly found bound and gagged around a lamppost.
The men, who were suspected of killing a taxi driver, were found by passersby in the northern state of Chihuahua, Mexico, the Daily Mail reports. A sign had been taped to the bodies of the men, which identified them as gang associates.
All members were seemingly in shock, but not physically harmed.
(Mexican cartel members bound to lamppost and gagged, with sign taped to them. Photo Credit: CEN via Daily Mail)
The members are part of a gang based near the United States and Mexico border known as Ciudad Juarez. A suspected member of the gang was also recently captured in Mexico City, according to Fox News. The area is considered one of the most dangerous cities in Mexico because of its drug gangs.
Although the gang was previously known as the Juarez Cartel, Mexico’s federal police have announced that they are now known as Nuevo Cartel de Juarez.
Police are attempting to determine if the gang members were captured by members of their own cartel or by some local vigilante.
According to the U.S.-based Drug Enforcement Administration, the New Juarez cartel generates about $200 million per year in profit, the Daily Mail notes. About 1 percent of that profit goes toward bribing officials and others.