Mexico’s most powerful drug cartel brutally murdered a new police chief hours after his appointment by blasting his head off as he patrolled bars.
Juan Miguel Silva Alvarado, known as the Boxer due to his past as an amateur boxer, was shot multiple times by the Sinaloa Cartel, which pioneered the use of tunnels under the US-Mexico border to ship drugs to America.
Photos of his decapitated body lying by the side of the road have surfaced after he was shot dead near the Sinoloa prosecutor’s office in Culiacan on August 6.
According to El Financiero, Juan Miguel was attacked while being escorted by two squad cars.
After the shooting, the members of the cartel reportedly took the guns from the police officers and left the scene.
Their weapons were found hours later on a bridge, including a rifle that may have been used to kill Juan Miguel.
Known as the Boxer due to his past as an amateur boxer, Juan Miguel Silva Alvarado was shot multiple times by the Sinaloa Cartel
Alvarado was appointed deputy secretary of city public safety hours before his assassination.
Sinaloa Governor Rubén Rocha Moya said he regretted Alvarado’s death.
At least three officers have been killed in the state this year, according to Causa en comun.
The Sinaloa cartel was formed in the late 1980s, with the group believed to be the primary supplier of heroin, cocaine, meth, MDMA and fentanyl to the United States.
The latest murderous attack comes after a spate of cartel violence that has rocked Mexico.
At least 11 people were murdered by gangsters in Tijuana between July 31 and August 1 earlier this month.
Zeta reported that three men were shot dead – Cristian Alexis Luna (27), Ricardo Aguirre Rodríguez (25) and Gary Michael (31).
Police were pictured at the scene after the shooting. More than 30 shell casings were found, many from 9mm pistols
More than 30 shell casings, many from 9mm pistols, were found at the scene. Two cars were damaged by gunfire at the scene. The attackers are said to have left the scene in a truck.
Elsewhere, a man died after a fight outside a bar, and the body of another was found on a hilltop near a school.
A decapitated head was reportedly found next to a handcuffed body wrapped in a tarp.
A warning from killers scrawled in black ink on cardboard was reportedly found next to the body.
In July, police in Juarez discovered at least three headless murder victims.
Police told Border Report that a headless body wrapped in a blanket was found on July 13. It had been placed in a plastic bag and left on the curb.
A member of the Sinaloa Cartel is El Chapo’s son Ivan Archivaldo Guzman-Salazar. Archivaldo Guzmán-Salazar, pictured, is a high-ranking member of the Sinaloa Cartel
According to police, most of the murders are drug-related. Homicide numbers have skyrocketed in Juárez, with at least 1,200 reported homicides in 2018.
The city has seen at least 400 murders this year. It comes weeks after the decapitated heads and charred bodies of 15 men and women were found in the Tijuana border resort.
Charred remains of two people were found near a Jacuzzi factory and a badly decomposed body was found in the trunk of a car.
Another chilling discovery was made in a sack, where the head of one woman and the legs of another were found.
With the grisly find was a note that read, ‘This is for all w****s supporting the scourge in Playas, there is already a new administration: La Menchiza.’
Meanwhile, Mexican authorities claimed that a cartel killed two priests in a church in June and stole their bodies.
The Catholic Jesuit priests Javier Campos Morales (79) and Joaquín César Mora Salazar (80) were shot.
They had been trying to help their tour guide, Pedro Eliodoro Palma, when they were killed. Palma hid in the church to protect himself from the drug gang.
According to the Chihuahuan prosecutor’s office, the bodies of the three men were then removed by the group of men in the back of a pickup truck.