Executions, shootings and even suicides are now part of a wave of mysterious deaths of Mexican government energy workers. Cartel gunmen appear to be involved in the deaths, Mexican officials confirm.
Mexican drug traffickers are implementing a new tactic to intimidate the population, the country’s government has been forced to confirm. Deaths of Mexican energy workers occur mainly in border areas with the United States and in cartel-controlled states. Virtually all of Mexico has become the scene of bloody cartel shootouts, where criminal organizations fight for control of places or regions, turning hundreds of cities into no-man’s land. In these areas, if the inhabitants do not support the dominant cart, then the armed men close the access to the highways and damage the infrastructures in general.
Cartels in Mexico have increasingly attacked civilian communities in their turf battles, isolating towns that don’t support them, cutting roads and electricity, or forcing residents out.
The mysterious deaths
On September 6, two Federal Electricity Commission (EFC) pickup trucks were ambushed by gunmen in the Sonora Mountains near the town of Onavas, Sonora. Two workers were injured and two others died.
According to the Sonora State Attorney’s Office, the attack took place when the workers stopped along a road so that one of them could go to the bathroom. It was then that armed men positioned on top of the surrounding hills began to fire on them. One of the vehicles carrying the workers attempted to flee after the workers in that car realized they were the intended targets of the gunmen.
The area of the attack has been described as a “confrontation zone” between La Línea Cártel, based in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, and factions of the Sinaloa Cartel (CDS). For years, the two criminal organizations have fought over lucrative drug production areas and corridors in the state of Sonora.
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On September 11, in the coastal state of Guerrero, a third CFE worker was killed. This time it was a direct attack in which the employee, identified as Marco Antonio, was shot dead in the municipality of Coyuca de Benitez. The case remains unsolved.
On the same day, a 20-year-old member of the Mexican Navy, identified as Rodrigo “V”, committed suicide on the Nohoch-A platform of the state oil company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex).
Rodrigo ‘V’ was assigned to the Thirteenth Marine Infantry Battalion and had been tasked with protecting the area from constant sea robbery. So far, Pemex officials have yet to reveal the motive for the apparent suicide.
On September 8, in his morning press conference, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador acknowledged that the area where the first two murders of CFE workers were recorded is the scene of clashes between “gangs” who had cut off the electricity to two towns in “retaliation” for not supporting their operations.
“There is a confrontation between groups there,” López Obrador said, referring to the outskirts of the town of Onavas where the attack took place. The president said that “in fulfillment of their duty”, CFE workers went to reinstall electricity in two towns that had been cut off by cartel gunmen.
However, AMLO also suggested that the shooting may have been a case of mistaken identity where the gunmen mistook the convoy of CFE workers for a convoy of rival cartel gunmen. Prior to this, there were no recorded cases of cartel gunmen targeting energy employees. Investigations into the three cases are ongoing. The Onavas area is the same where, on November 4, 2019, nine U.S. citizens from the Langford, LeBaron, and Miller families were ambushed by hitmen as they made their way to the U.S. border, Breitbart Texas reported. at the time.
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