One of Mexico’s most violent and powerful drug trafficking organizations left a bloody message at the offices of a major television broadcaster, Mexican officials said Tuesday.
Authorities discovered a cooler containing two severed human heads outside the Guadalajara offices of Televisa, the largest media company in Latin America, reports Reuters.
On the cooler was a threatening note signed “CJNG,” the Spanish initials of rising powerhouse drug gang Jalisco New Generation Cartel. In another part of the city, police discovered a second cooler marked with threats, as well as a bag filled with what appeared to be human remains.
CJNG has become one of Mexico’s most powerful drug trafficking organizations as formerly dominant cartels such as the Sinaloa group have been riven by infighting and competition. Authorities say CJNG is partially responsible for surging violence in the western and central regions of Mexico, where drug-related killings have reached levels not seen in two decades.
The group has also made deep inroads across the U.S.-Mexico border, with bases of operations in Texas, Southern California and Atlanta. In 2017, U.S. federal law enforcement had 46 open investigations into the the CJNG leadership heirarchy, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s latest national drug threat assessment.
Tuesday’s discovery of severed heads outside Televisa’s offices raised once again the specter of violence against Mexican journalists. Mexico is the deadliest country in the Western hemisphere for journalists, with least four murdered in direct retaliation for their work in 2017, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
A number of other Mexican journalists have been killed under mysterious circumstances this year, and at least a dozen have been abducted, CPJ says.
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