Creel, Chihuahua - The suffering felt deep in the stomach is an epidemic in the Palace.
Last Thursday, the television news caster of the Mexican program "Punto de Partida" on Televisa, Denisse Merker, presented a chilling narco-video that lasted seven minutes that has been seen around the world.
In the video recorded by the Command Center of Cipol in Creel, a dozen gunmen arrive at the village and with total impunity, massacred 9 members of the family of an employer, including a 14 year old child.
The incident was recorded in the early morning of March 15 in Creel, where they have been previous major killings.
For nearly 90 minutes, the video in the hands of "Punto de Partida" clearly records the faces of the thugs, even when they are using cocaine almost at hands full from a plastic bag. You can also see how they beat and terrorize passing drivers who happened to drive by in their vehicles by the crime scene.
Another portion of the video shows two gunmen intercepting a car and sequestering the driver. Later in the video, the men shoot two people in an SUV.
In the video, gunmen are shown approaching the passenger side of a vehicle to receive what appears to be an order for the killings. A man holding a large gun in the passenger seat also is seen taking a white substance and putting it in his nose several times.
In some of the most shocking footage, armed men are seen running across a field before reaching the doors of a housing complex and opening fire into the doors and windows of the residence.
All the details of the killing of tens of mercenaries on board a dozen trucks were recorded by the State Police and for good reason Denisse Merker questions why the authorities did nothing to pursue the murderers. The state authorities are moving and zooming the video cameras for 90 minutes while the sicarios walked around with long rifles and proceeded to terrorize the public and target people for execution, in the mean time the authorities watching all this did nothing to stop them.
We don't know what group these hit men are part of, but here in Chihuahua there are two warring groups: the Sinaloa Cartel and Juarez Cartel," said Carlos Gonzalez, a spokesman for the state attorney general's office. "We're working on trying to figure out which group was responsible."
Gonzalez said there is no evidence to suggest that the victims were involved in drug activity, adding that the motive for the shootings is unclear.
He said the video -- captured by a state public security camera -- is "important" evidence in the investigation.
"This is evidence to identify these people and it's part of the ongoing investigation to find them," said Gonzalez, who is the lead investigator in the case.
"There are very few authorities in this area to police this kind of activity," Gonzalez said.
The images of the gunmen operating freely in the mountainous northwest part of Chihuahua highlight just how lawless rural parts of Mexico have become as the country works to combat an increasingly violent drug war.
Governor Reyes Baeza has remained silent on this case that illustrates the savage and brutal lawlessness of the state of Chihuahua.