The killers were initially believed to be from La Linea, the armed wing of the Juarez drug cartel that was fighting a brutal turf war against a rival faction of the Sinaloa cartel known as the “Salazar.”
However, Cesar Peniche Espejel, Attorney-General of Chihuahua state, told Mexico’s Imagen Radio on Tuesday that he believed the newly-formed Los Jaguares cartel, an offshoot of the Sinaloa cartel, may be behind the slaughter.
He also mentioned La Linea and the “Jalisco Nueva Generacion,” a cartel also known to operate in those areas, but couldn’t confirm whether any of the groups were involved.
“These very cartels of Sinaloa, after the arrest of Guzman ‘El Chapo’ have suffered fragmentations,” Peniche Espejel said. “They have been growing near the border with the United States and are heavily involved in trafficking of immigrants into the United States and drug-trafficking.”