The suspects involved in the grisly beheading of a man in Arizona could be linked to a Mexican drug cartel, the Associated Press reported.
The victim is 38-year-old Martin Alejandro Cota-Monroy, whose remains were found in an apartment in Chandler. His body was found on Oct. 10.
A suspect in the case was arrested and three others are thought to have returned to Mexico, authorities say.
Police arrested Cristanos Moroyoqui, 36, who was renting an apartment across from where the body was found, the Arizona Republic reported. Blood was on his pants and shoes.
Authorities are investigating whether or not the men are part of a Mexican drug cartel.Chandler Police Det. David Ramer told the Republic Wednesday that “theft of illegal drugs” could be involved. The other three men are “recent friends and associates” of the victim.
Beheadings are a relatively common practice in the Mexican drug wars. Since 2006, more than 26,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence.
If the beheading in Arizona is linked to cartels, it would be the first crime of this nature on US soil, authorities told AP.