Jan Brewer's Quest to Find Headless Cartel-Linked Bodies in Desert Finally Yields Fruit...in a Chandler Home
Remember last year when Arizona Governor Jan Brewer crowed about all the headless bodies littering the Arizona desert?
"Law enforcement agencies have found bodies in the desert either buried or just lying out there that have been beheaded," the gaffe-prone governor squawked.
Then, Brewer had to backtrack because there weren't actually headless bodies strewn about the desert, as the governor had claimed.
Well, good news, Jan -- authorities finally found one...at a home in Chandler.
The Chandler Police Department believes the headless body of a man found in a Chandler apartment building, um, lost his head as retaliation for stealing 400 pounds of weed from a Mexican drug cartel.
Martin Alejandro Cota Monroy, 38, a.k.a. "Jando," was found on the living room floor at a home at 300 West Fairview Street on October 9 of last year. His head was found on the floor several feet away.
Cota Monroy, police believe, ripped off weed and crystal meth from the drug cartel known as the PEI-Estatales/El Chapo Drug Trafficking Organization. He then blamed the missing drugs on Border Patrol agents.
The cartel sent a hit squad to take care of Cota Monroy, but he told his would-be killers that he would pay the money back by putting a house he didn't own up as collateral. He then fled to a "safe house."
The cartel sent another hit squad to Phoenix to find Cota Monroy, befriend him, and kill him, which it did.
The three three alleged assassins, Juan Campos Morales Aguilar, Jose David Castro Reyes and a third man known only as "El Joto" stabbed Cota Monroy, beat him, and ultimately cut off his head.
The suspects got away. They were last seen traveling in a 2003 Red Ford Expedition with the California license plate 6FWR784.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss Phoenix New Times' biggest stories.
- John McCain Claims to Be Unaware of Arizona's Anti-Islam Movement and That Planned...
- Phoenix Nativist Michelle Dallacroce Bashed "Anchor Babies" Before Donald Trump and...
- Phoenix New Times Seeks News Freelancers