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Marines killed at least eight suspected members of the Los Mazatlecos gang in a shootout in the northwestern Mexican state of Sinaloa, police spokesmen told Efe.
The shootout occurred Saturday morning in El Garbanzo, a community outside the city of Sinaloa de Leyva.
Mexican security forces killed 12 suspected hitmen in a span of less than 24 hours this weekend.
The bodies were taken to a funeral home in Los Mochis, where investigators will try to identify them, a high-level police commander told Efe.
Marines seized two SUVs, eight assault rifles, other firearms, ammunition clips and ammunition.
The Navy Secretariat launched an operation last week targeting the organization run by Fausto Isidro Meza Flores, a drug trafficker known as “El Chapo Isidro” who works with the Beltran Leyva drug cartel.
Sinaloa is home to the powerful drug cartel that bears the state’s name.
The Sinaloa cartel, sometimes referred to by Mexican officials as the Pacific cartel, is a transnational business empire that operates in the United States, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Latin America and Asia, intelligence agencies say.
Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman, the cartel’s leader, was captured on Feb. 22 by marines at the Miramar condominium in the port city of Mazatlan.
The 57-year-old Guzman, the world’s most notorious and powerful drug lord, was arrested without any shots being fired.
There has been a spike in violence in Sinaloa since Guzman’s arrest that has been blamed on a turf war among rival factions.