The State Attorney General’s Office in Chihuahua confirmed the discovery of six decapitated bodies located early Tuesday in the rural mountain community of Creel–sparking fears of an escalation in territorial cartel violence.
The state police reported the grim discovery in the parking lot of a gas station, according to local media. The victims were all wrapped in black blankets and authorities believe they were kidnapped and murdered during the early morning hours. The six decapitated males are believed to be victims of the ongoing cartel war between the Nuevo Cártel de Juárez and La Gente Nueva of the Sinaloa Cartel, according to local authorities. Investigators also reported that an orange cardboard narco-sign was left with the bodies, indicating the violence was carried out by the leader of the Nuevo Cártel de Juárez.
The sign mocked the Sinaloa Cartel with a message stating, “Here are your brave sicarios (assassins), send me what you want (for them).” The message was from the presumed leader of the Nuevo Cártel de Juárez, César Daniel Manjarrez Alonso aka “H2.” The message was directed at “Tony Tormenta” who, according to Breitbart law enforcement sources, is Lorenzo Antonio Morales Pérez and works for the Sinaloa Cartel.
Morales Pérez, aka Tony Tormenta, is not to be confused with notorious former Gulf Cartel drug lord Antonio Ezequiel Cárdenas Guillén, aka “Tony Tormenta,” who was killed by the Mexican Navy in Matamoros in 2011.
Authorities indicated that “H2” assumed control of the Juárez Cartel and “La Línea,” now called El Nuevo Cártel de Juárez. This criminal group operates in the mountainous communities southwest of the state capital of Chihuahua and along the much disputed border region with Sonora.
César Daniel Manjarrez Alonso aka “H2” ascended to power after the May 2018 capture of Carlos Arturo Quintana “El 80” — leader of the Juárez Cartel and his criminal cell La Línea.
Robert Arce is a retired Phoenix Police detective with extensive experience working Mexican organized crime and street gangs. Arce has worked in the Balkans, Iraq, Haiti, and recently completed a three-year assignment in Monterrey, Mexico, working out of the Consulate for the United States Department of State, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Program, where he was the Regional Program Manager for Northeast Mexico (Coahuila, Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, Durango, San Luis Potosi, Zacatecas.) You can follow him on Twitter. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org