Written by: smarie
Justice in Mexico
On Monday, two severed heads were found outside the Mexican Defense Ministry in Mexico City with a note proclaiming the “new administration” of a new cartel.
Mexico City has long been spared from the increasingly brutal violence that some drug cartels have characterized as their signature mark, but the protection the city once boasted has now been broken.
One decapitated head was left on the pavement of a busy road that many Mexican generals frequent, the other left on the roof of a car. Both heads were discovered across from the army’s headquarters at Military Camp 1.
The Washington Post reports that this incident is the first multiple decapitation in the capital since January 2008, when two heads were found near the city’s international airport.
The office of Mexico City Attorney General Miguel Mancera stated that there was also a note by the heads, signed by the “Mano con Ojos” gang, a splinter organization from the Beltran Levya cartel.
Mancera reported that the message left on Monday warned that the “Mano con Ojos” is a “new administration” operating in Mexico City and the areas of Huixquilucan, Atizapán, Tultitlán, Cuautitlán and Izcalli.
The Associated Press reported that the “Mano con Ojos” or “Hand with Eyes” drug gang formed after the 2010 arrest of Edgar Valdez, aka “La Barbie,” a top assassin for the Beltran Leyva cartel. The alleged leader of the “Mano Con Ojos”, Oscar Osvaldo García Montoya, 36, a former Mexican marine, was arrested in August and confessed to prosecutors that he was involved in over 600 killings.
The current leadership of the gang in unknown and a forensic investigation is underway.
Nosotros nos dedicamos a robar, a asaltar, a extorsionar en la plaza de la mano con ojos, plaza que pertenece a la organización de la nueva generación del Chapo Guzmán. Esto va dedicado a aquellos que niegan la presencia en la zona metropolitana y que sepan que la plaza no está olvidada, atentamente la nueva generación del Chapo Guzmán y la mano con ojos"
We steal, assault and extort in the Hand with eyes territory. This is for those who deny our presence in the metropolitan area and so that you know the "plaza" has not been forgotten. Signed: The New Generation of Chapo Guzman and the Hand with Eyes.
“Severed heads found in Mexico City accompanied by message claiming to be from drug cartel.” Washington Post. October 3, 2011.
“Severed heads found near Mexican defense ministry.” Reuters. October 3, 2011.
“Encuentran dos cabezas en la Ciudad de México.” Univision. October 3, 2011.
“Hallan dos cabezas humanas en ciudad de México.” Informador. October 3, 2011.