South Texas Woman Murdered By Nuevo León Cartel Violence

Another victim has been claimed in the ongoing cartel turf war in Nuevo Leon. Bionce Jazmin Anaya Cortez, a 20-year-old woman from Mission, Texas, was found dead on a ranch in the municipality of General Bravo after going missing on April 6 while visiting relatives in the municipality of China.

Per a news release by the Nuevo León Attorney General’s Office, Anaya Cortez’s body was discovered on Friday after a thorough search of three different properties. The Nuevo Leon Attorney General’s Office identified her body on Saturday evening and confirmed that the cause of death was contusions to the head and back area.

Anya Cortez’s death is the latest in the ongoing occurrences of murders and kidnappings in Nuevo Leon amid a rift between the Cartel Del Noreste faction of Los Zetas, the Gulf Cartel, and the Sinaloa Cartel, some of the most notorious drug cartels in the world.

Since the beginning of the ongoing cartel violence in Nuevo Leon, the state has recorded numerous disappearances and murders, including three South Texas residents who went missing on Feb. 25 as they were driving south to sell used clothing.

To date, nothing is known about what became of the three Mexican natives identified as Marina Pérez Ríos, Maritza Trinidad Pérez Ríos, and Dora Alicia Cervantes Saenz.

The violence has caused concern among the local community, with many calling for stronger measures to be taken against the cartels. While authorities have not yet made any arrests in Anaya Cortez’s murder, the case highlights the ongoing violence in the region, with innocent people becoming collateral damage in the fight for control of drug trafficking routes.

Anaya Cortez’s family is now calling for justice as the South Texas community reels from the news. Per KURV, some arrests might be imminent as authorities have issued arrest warrants in connection with the murder. The subjects of law enforcement’s attention, however, remain unclear as police have not released information about any suspects.