Morelia – A chilling note was found alongside the severed heads and dismembered bodies of four people on Thursday in the Mexican state of Michoacan where vigilantes are battling a drug cartel, authorities said.
The heads were placed on top of plastic bags on a street in the town of Zacapu, an official in the Michoacan state prosecutor’s office told AFP. The arms and legs were found near a church.
A note was left near the body parts, reading: “This is what will happen to those who support the Knights Templar” cartel.
The victims have been identified and authorities are trying to determine whether they are linked to organised crime, the official said.
Alfredo Castillo, a central government official assigned to address the violence in Michoacan, said an alleged local leader of the Knights Templar was arrested early on Thursday.
He was identified as Candido Perez Garcia and allegedly collected extortion payments. He was found with an AK-47 assault rifle, a pistol and a cache of synthetic drugs.
In another gruesome discovery, the prosecutor’s office said it had dug up the bones of two humans in the town of Tancitaro.
Last weekend, two decapitated heads were left in the town of Antunez.
The Knights Templar have been locked in a turf war with the Jalisco New Generation drug cartel.
Last year, civilians fed up with the police’s failure to deal with the Knights Templar gang began to form vigilante militias to oust the criminals from the region.[More]