Sinaloa cartel, Zetas push Mexico’s drug violence to new depths

Los Angeles Times, 5/27/2012

State of Sinaloa

The cartel henchman nicknamed “El Loco” was reported behind the latest atrocity in Mexico’s ever-more-depraved drug war: mutilating 49 people and piling their bodies — heads, hands and feet missing — by the side of a road leading to the U.S. border. 

In Mexico’s eight most violent states, the battle has essentially boiled down to a no-holds-barred fight between two cartels: the Sinaloa network, Mexico’s oldest and traditionally most powerful gang, and the newer and exceedingly vicious Zetas.

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