A newly-appointed police chief has been killed in a brutal cartel execution in Mexico.
Chilling pictures of a beheaded corpse emerged after Juan Miguel Silva Alvarado was gunned down on August 6.
Alvarado was patrolling bars in Culiacán when the horror attack unfolded near the Sinoloa State Prosecutor’s Office.
He was ambushed while being escorted by two patrol cars, El Financiero reported.
He was shot several times by alleged members of the Sinaloa cartel, according to Mexican media outlets.
The Sinaloa group was formed in the late 80s and is believed to be the primary supplier of heroin, cocaine, meth, MDMA, and fentanyl into the US.
The cartel pioneered the use of tunnels dug underneath the US-Mexico border to send drugs into America.
Horror pictures, which are too graphic to publish, show Alvarado, who was known as the Boxer, lying by the roadside.
The gang members reportedly seized the cops’ guns and fled the scene before the weapons were found hours later by a bridge.
A rifle, which may have been used to kill Alvarado, was found in bushes.
Rubén Rocha Moya, the governor of Sinaloa, said that he “regrets” Alvarado’s death.
Alvarado was appointed Deputy Secretary of Municipal Public Security hours before he was killed.
A spree of cartel violence in recent weeks has left Mexico reeling.
Earlier this month, at least 11 people were murdered by gangsters in Tijuana between July 31 and August 1.
Three men – Cristian Alexis Luna, 27, Ricardo Aguirre Rodríguez, 25, and Gary Michael, 31 – were shot dead.
Cops found more than 30 shell cases, many of which were from 9mm caliber pistols, and two cars damaged from gunfire at the scene, Zeta reported.
Witnesses claimed that the attackers fled in a truck.
Meanwhile, a man died in a fight outside of a bar and another man’s body was found on a hill close to a school.
A decapitated head was found alongside a handcuffed body that was wrapped in a tarp.
A warning from the killers was found scrawled in black ink on a piece of cardboard beside the corpse, reports said.