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Wedding Day Murder Exposes Mexican Border State Brutality

The recent murder of a groom leaving his wedding illustrates the brutality that has gripped the Mexican border state of Sonora, just south of Arizona. The state ranks fifth in Mexico for murders due primarily to a fierce cartel turf war where rival factions fight for control of fentanyl smuggling routes into Arizona.

The shocking murder took place last weekend at Candelaria Church in the town of Caborca, where a group of gunmen shot and killed Marco Antonio Rosales Contreras, 32, as he was leaving the church with his wife. A photograph of the attack captured the bride in shock in her bloodstained wedding dress.

While Sonora Governor Alfonso Durazo publicly asserted that the murder was a direct attack and that the public should not be afraid, his own state’s attorney general’s office asserted that the killing appeared to be a case of mistaken identity.

The murder is just one of the latest examples of how, in the first months of a new state government led by the Morena party, the state of Sonora has become the fifth deadliest in Mexico.

Mexican federal government statistics revealed that from January to July 2022, the state recorded 1,018 murders mostly related to cartel fights for control of the fentanyl trade.

The murder of Rosales Contreras at her wedding is not an isolated event. Ten days before the murder of Rosales Contreras, four separate municipalities saw extreme violence as convoys of gunmen clashed, torching vehicles and leaving a series of deaths.

The violence in Sonora dates back to 2013 when, as Breitbart Texas reported, a Mexican judge mysteriously freed Rafael Caro Quintero – the drug lord behind the 1985 murder of US DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena . After his release from prison, Caro Quintero returned to drug trafficking and founded the Caborca ​​Cartel. Just five years later, Caro Quintero went to war against Los Salazar. The regional criminal organization is closely linked to the sons of notorious Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

A second factor of violence is linked to the arrival of fentanyl, research from the Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF) has revealed. The fight over lucrative fentanyl smuggling routes has escalated fighting between drug cartels in Mexico’s Pacific coastal zone.

The manufacture of fentanyl depends primarily on precursor chemicals from China arriving at the Mexican port of Guaymas in Sonora. On August 11, the Mexican military made a historic seizure of 800,000 fentanyl tablets and nearly a ton of methamphetamine bound for the border city of Tijuana.

Editor’s Note: Breitbart Texas traveled to Mexico City and the states of Tamaulipas, Coahuila, and Nuevo León to recruit citizen journalists willing to risk their lives and expose the cartels that silence their communities. The writers would face certain death at the hands of the various cartels that operate in these regions, including the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas, if a pseudonym was not used. Chronicles of the Breitbart Texas Cartel are published in English and in their original version Spanish. This article was written by “Dharma Fernández” from Baja California.


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