The pre-dawn shootout near the remote town of Las Varas started as a firefight between rival drug trafficking gangs, then escalated when police arrived, said Eduardo Esparza of the prosecutor’s office for the state of Chihuahua, which borders the United States.
The region is hotly disputed territory for Mexico’s drug cartels because its mountainous terrain and proximity to the border make it a strategic corridor for shipping narcotics to the US.
Investigators believe the groups involved in the shootout were “La Linea” — t…
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