Cartel Shootout Leaves 12 Dead, Including Narco Monkey

Cartel Shootout Leaves 12 Dead, Including Narco Monkey


Last Tuesday, Mexican federal authorities and National Guard forces carried out a raid against cartel members of La Familia Michoacana (LFM) in the municipality of Texcaltitlan, Mexico. According to Mexican media, 11 cartel members were killed and another 10 were detained. The raid in and of itself was nothing out of the ordinary as LFM cells partake in drug trafficking operations across Mexico.

What has drawn everyone’s attention was the 12th fatality in the shootout. Among the dead was a spider monkey dressed in a camouflage hoodie and a mini plate carrier, who was found clutching its dead narco owner. The monkey has been named “El Changuito” by those online and has received an outpour of mourning.

Mexican officials are taking the monkey’s death seriously. According to Mexico Daily, the monkey’s body will undergo a necropsy by veterinary specialists from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Zootechnics of the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEMex) since it is a protected species. This will help authorities in their investigation into the likelihood that monkey was illegally trafficked by the cartel and further bring charges to those who are detained. If this incident has a key point, it underscores illegal animal trafficking and how prominent it is in cartel culture and Mexico. Illegal wildlife trafficking is a multi-billion dollar industry globally and goes hand in hand with out forms of illicit trade.

Unbiased & Unfiltered News Reporting for 12+ years. Covering Geo-Political conflicts, wartime events, and vital Breaking News from around the world. Editor-In-Chief of Atlas News.
- Sponsor -spot_img
- Sponsor -spot_img

Week's Top Stories

More In This Category

Russia to Deploy Nuclear Weapons to Belarus

According to Russian state-owned media, the Russian Strategic Nuclear...

South Korean People Power Party Leader Calls for U.S. Nuke Sharing

South Korean National Assembly Member Joo Ho-young, who also...

Russia to Build Two More Nuclear Icebreakers

Russian Federation conglomerate Rosatom announced that they will begin...

2023 Global Terrorism Index Released

The 2023 Global Terrorism Index has finally been released,...