A total of 20 execution style murders have swept the state of Sinaloa this Wednesday morning. In the city of Culiacan, the capitol of Sinaloa, thirteen bodies were abandoned in vehicles that were set on fire in two separate locations.
In northern Sinaloa three men were executed in the snall community of La Escalera, located in the municipality of Guasave and four men were executed in the municipality of Mocorito.
In Culiacan Initial reports from the Sinaloa Attorney General's office indicate that nine bodies were found in the back of a flat-bed Nissan truck on a street in the colonia Rosales, in the vicinity of the General Hospital at the intersection of Navolato and Primero de Mayo streets.
Wooden boxes had been piled over the bodies and set on fire.
Four more bodies were found by a Wal-Mart store on Avenida José Limón in the Tres Rios commercial area of the city. The bodies were inside a burnt out Ford Ranger pickup.
At this moment none of the victims have been identified although authorities at the colonia Rosales crime scene indicate that the nine bodies may be those of nine persons abducted early Monday morning by heavily armed gunmen in the municipality of Angostura, located in northern Sinaloa bordering the municipality of Guamuchil.
Three of the abducted men were members of the Angostura municipal police force and were identified as Santos Cardenas Hernandez, Juan Carlos Mascorro and Rosario Bojorquez Hernandez. The six others were identified as Eugenio Rojas Hernandez, Martin Gomez, Pedro Medina Aguilar, Pedro Nunez Lizarraga, Herculano Burgos and a female, Guadalupe Lopez Almanza.
Angostura and Guamuchil in northern Sinaloa are at the edge of Sinaloa Cartel influence and is the front line of a bitter turf war with their bitter enemies, La Limpia Mazatleca, a criminal gang of Beltran Leyva gunmen and drug traffickers whose area of influence extends from Guasave to Los Mochis and into areas of the neighboring states of Sonora to the north and Nayarit to the south.
Mazatleco gunmen are also active in the southern tourist destination and port city of Mazatlan.
The Sinaloa state criminal prosecuter's office in Los Mochis was bombed earlier this week after the arrest of 26 year old Óscar Alexander Rojo Sánchez, "El Rojo”, a resident of Los Mochis.
Authorities state that Rojo Sanchez is a dangerous important Mazatleco operator and was responsible for retail drug sales in Northern Sinaloa and for providing funds for corrupt municipal police in Ahome and Los Mochis that allow Los Mazatlecos to operate with impunity in the area.
"El Rojo" was arrested with 78 kilograms of Marijuana, 78 boxes of 7.62x39mm ammunition, with approximately 1,700 rounds for AK-47 type weapons, scales used to measure cocaine and crystal meth for street sales and assorted other gear.
La Limpia Mazatleca is believed to have formed alliances with Los Zetas and the Juarez cartel in their attempt to fight off attempts by the Sinaloa cartel to expropriate all of northern Sinaloa and it is believed the warfare between both rival gangs has spread throughout the state.