Guerreros Unidos is a drug trafficking organization based in the north-central part of the state of Guerrero, with additional presence in Morelos, the state of México, and Puebla. The cartel is one of several regional splinter groups from the notorious Sinaloa Cartel to emerge around 2011. Members of Guerreros Unidos got their start as the hitman division of the Beltran Leyva Organization and are known for extremely violent and aggressive deaths, and public displays of beheading victims. Mexican authorities believe Iguala's mayor, José Luis Abarca Velázquez and his wife María de los Ángeles Pineda Villa, who have been tied to Guerreros Unidos, to be the probable power behind the abduction of 43 students. The students were abducted from protests the night of María de los Ángeles Pineda Villa's speech on education reform. (More details below.)
Guerreros Unidos (United Warriors)
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