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Blog del Narco: Cartel Kills 5 in Mexico For Refusing to Work With Them
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Five men were found shot to death along with a message from a drug cartel claiming responsibility for the killings, authorities in the western Mexican state of Michoacan said Tuesday.
The bodies were discovered by farmers early Tuesday in a rural area of the municipality of Tancitaro, 170 kilometers (106 miles) west of Morelia, the state capital.
The victims were bound and bore signs of torture, a state official said.
The message accompanying the bodies said the men were killed for refusing to work with the Jalisco Nueva Generacion drug cartel.
Tancitaro lies in the Tierra Caliente region of Michoacan, a stronghold of the Los Caballeros Templarios (Knights Templar) gang.
Possessing more than 270 kilometers (168 miles) of Pacific coastline, Michoacan also has forests and mountain areas that provide perfect cover for drug production and smuggling.
Illegal drugs are smuggled from Central America into Michoacan and then later moved into the United States.
Los Caballeros Templarios was created in March 2011 by former members of the La Familia Michoacana, until then the state’s dominant criminal organization.
Authorities suspect the much-weakened La Familia has turned to Jalisco Nueva Generacion for help against the Caballeros, who have come to dominate the drug, kidnapping and extortion rackets in Michoacan.