April 03, 2010
Severed Mexican Heads
(Apatzingan, Mexico) With a porous border, the U.S. should ominously expect Mexican-style violence to migrate farther and farther north.
Four severed heads were found Wednesday at the feet of an emblematic statue of former Mexican President Lazaro Cardenas in the western city of Apatzingan, sources in the Michoacan state Attorney General’s Office told Efe.Apparently the spread of lawlessness is so open that gangs announce their arrival by simply dropping off severed heads and bloody banners. There's no behind-the-scenes, surreptitious takeover of the power structure with dead-of-night clandestine criminal acts. With Mexican drug-trade lawlessness, it's more like high noon, guns-a-blazin' submit or die overthrow of local elected authorities.
Left along with the heads was a disposable cooler stained with blood and scrawled messages from organized crime groups.
One of the messages was signed “La Resistencia,” the name of a gang thought to be linked to La Familia, a criminal organization that dominates the illegal drug trade in Michoacan.
The heads had bandages across the eyes and belonged to men in their mid-to-late-20s.
A search of the area around the statue failed to turn up the rest of the victims’ bodies.