TIJUANA, Mexico (Reuters) – Twenty heavily armed drug hitmen snatched the body of a fellow trafficker from a morgue in northern Mexico after he died in a dramatic helicopter crash, police said Thursday.
The gunmen killed two policemen as they took the corpse from the morgue in the town of Ensenada, about 65 miles (110 km) south of the U.S. border near San Diego, Calif.
“This is unprecedented … and shows us how far these (drug) organizations can go,” said a police spokesman in the border city of Tijuana.
The dead man was thought by police to be a member of the Arellano Felix drug cartel. His fellow traffickers were believed to have wanted his body to take it away for burial without having to identify themselves when claiming the corpse.