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Utah attorney who was in Chihuahua hours after ambush talks about cartel turf wars

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The cartel turf wars in the very volatile state of Chihuahua, Mexico are creating a difficult set of circumstances. (Photo: KUTV)

The cartel turf wars in the very volatile state of Chihuahua, Mexico are creating a difficult set of circumstances. That’s according to Aaron Tarin, a Utah-based immigration attorney who just returned from Chihuahua.

“We entered into a port of entry that the family that was ambushed was headed into,” Tarin said.

Tarin entered Mexico just hours after the ambush on Monday in which nine women and children were killed.

“You know, it was a pretty scary situation as we crossed into Mexico, because we had just found out that this had occurred,” Tarin said.

To get to his family in Chihuahua, he had to drive three hours on dark roads. Tarin says he went there for his grandfather's funeral. All the while, he wondered if it was the right decision given the tense situation in the area.

“At every car that passes, every car you see on the side of the road, you have to wonder what they're doing there and what potential risk it might pose,” he said.

Tarin says since the capture of Sinaloa cartel head Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, several cartels have been engaged in turf wars.

"All of the cartel resources are sort of up for grabs and war breaks out among the cartel members," he said.

Mexican officials speculated the women may have been ambushed by members of the Juarez cartel who thought they were a rival gang, according to an Associated Press report.

Tarin calls Chihuahua a "much different place" now than the quiet town he used to visit as a kid.

“You need to appreciate and understand the difficult circumstances that exist on the northern border," he said.

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