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Jacumba Homicide Dumping Method a Hallmark of Mexican Cartels

San Diego Sheriff's investigators are looking into why a man's body was dumped along Interstate 8 near Jacumba. Border Patrol agents found the body wrapped in a blanket Sunday morning. KPBS reporter A

Jacumba Homicide Dumping Method a Hallmark of Mexican Cartels

San Diego Sheriff's investigators are looking into why a man's body was dumped along Interstate 8 near Jacumba. Border Patrol agents found the body wrapped in a blanket Sunday morning. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Dennis Brugos investigates homicides for the San Diego County Sheirrf's Department .  He says the body showed signs of trauma and was bound.

Brugos says it appears to be a Latino male in his early twenties.

Brugos : I hate to speculate, but we've had cases similar to this and what the ones in the past have turned out to be is they're drug related or gang related or something like that.

The method of disposing of bodies wrapped in blankets is characteristic of Mexican drug cartels. It’s so common, the word “encobijado” was developed to describe the practice.

In the last few years, law enforcement officials in San Diego have acknowledged Mexico's drug violence has spilled across the border.

Sheriff's investigator Brugos says an autopsy in this most recent case is pending.

Amy Isackson, KPBS News.