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Severed heads left in front of bank in Mexico with chilling note

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'For all those who switched sides,' says message dumped with two human heads in lawless state of Michoacan. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto visited the troubled region this week.

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A truck burns near the entrance of  Paracuaro, Mexico, in January. Residents said they burned vehicles to keep out vigilantes. Two severed heads were found outside the town’s bank on Monday, an apparent warning from drug cartel that controls the area.

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A truck burns near the entrance of Paracuaro, Mexico, in January. Residents said they burned vehicles to keep out vigilantes. Two severed heads were found outside the town’s bank on Monday, an apparent warning from drug cartel that controls the area.

In a warning to snitches, two human heads were placed in front of a bank in the city of Paracuaro, apparently by a barbaric drug cartel that controls a key state in Mexico.
President Enrique Pena Nieto visited volatile Michoacan, an important agricultural region, on Tuesday. He has sent nearly 10,000 troops to the state, where the bloody Knights Templar cartel rules with an iron fist.
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In the state capital of Moreila, about 60 miles from where the heads were dumped, Nieto announced the government would pump $3.4 million into the bloody state to build roads, schools and other institutions. The funds will help "reverse the conditions of institutional weakness," the president said.
Thousands of armed civilians have battled the Knights Templar for a year now, at times clashing with federal police and soldiers in the rural, impoverished state. Last month, militia leaders accepted the government's offer to join the local police and register their weapons.
Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, seen here delivering speech on Jan. 31, visited the volatile state of Michoacan on Tuesday, one day after severed heads were found in front of a bank.

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Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, seen here delivering speech on Jan. 31, visited the volatile state of Michoacan on Tuesday, one day after severed heads were found in front of a bank.

But many vigilantes continue to fight, saying they would not become part of the country's security forces because of widespread corruption among law enforcement agencies in Mexico.
Despite a heavy military presence in Paracuaro, the severed heads were dumped Monday inside a plastic bag at a bank near the entrance to town, CNBC and the Financial Times reported.
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Gruesome tactics such as decapitation are all too common among Mexico's powerful drug cartels. Public hangings, mass graves, and severed limbs are the calling cards of organized crime syndicates that terrorize residents into silence and submission.
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