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On August 14, 2012 alleged members of the Gulf drug cartel shot up a strip club in Monterrey, Mexico, killing eight people. A ninth victim was found dead inside a muffler shop the next day. He had fallen through the shop’s roof while trying to flee the shooting. Several of the shooting victims were employees of the bar. The gunman fled after the attack, an incident that continued what appeared to be a never-ending flow of violence stemming from drug wars. The northern city of Monterrey was becoming known as the battleground for turf battles between the Zetas gang and the Gulf cartel.
Earlier that year, the headless torsos of 49 people were found dumped along a highway between the U.S. border and Monterrey. A note on a banner next to the bodies from the Zetas drug gang threatened Mexican authorities and the Gulf cartel. The Zetas claimed responsibility for another gruesome attack that month: 18 mutilated bodies left in abandoned vehicles near Guadalajara, an apparent revenge killing for the murder of 23 of their own members. Of those 23 people, nine were hung from a bridge and 14 severed heads were left in coolers outside a city hall.
Pictured above: Federal policemen and Mexican army soldiers escort Juan Manuel Rodriguez Garcia (aka Juan Perros) an alleged leader of the Gulf drug cartel in 2014.
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