Ex-Mexican cartel leader’s body found wrapped in plastic on park bench

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A former lieutenant in a powerful Mexican drug cartel who broke away from the gang has turned up — wrapped in plastic on a park bench.

Mexican authorities said they believe the tightly wrapped corpse found in a Jalisco park last week is that of Carlos “El Cholo” Enrique Sanchez, an ex-member of the Jalisco New General Cartel before splitting off to form his own gang in 2017, Mexico News Daily said.

Police said the body was found Thursday in Jardin Hidalgo with two signs pinned to his body with knives, including one which read in Spanish, “the traitor El Cholo,” the paper said.

The corpse has not been officially identified but comes after a video posted online showed the handcuffed narco being held in front of armed members of the Jalisco cartel — claiming he cooperated with police.

“This material confirms the existence of an orchestrated strategy to destabilize the state by an organized crime group,” Jalisco Attorney General Gerardo Octavio Solis Gomez said. “Everything indicates that it’s… Carlos Sanchez Martinez, nicknamed ‘El Cholo.’”

According to Mexican News Daily, Sanchez broke off from the Jalisco cartel and formed his own drug gang, the Nuevo Plaza Cartel.

The two gangs have since been at war over control of methamphetamine trafficking in Guadalajara and elsewhere in Central Mexico.

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