Quintana Roo police located the bodies of six people Sunday in what appeared to be an organized crime multiple execution
They were allegedly tortured and their chests were opened to extract the hearts," said Felix Canul, spokesman for the Attorney General of the State (PGJE
The spokesman for state Secretary of Public Security (SSP), Adrian Armando Gálvez Cardeña said initial investigations indicate the executions and mutilations were related to organized crime, although he did not rule out the possibility of a narcoritual associated with occult practices as motivation for the crime.
The bodies were found in a pit covered by a bloody mattress 30 km from the resort city of Cancun.
The SSP spokesman said an inhabitant of a village named El Roble called police to report the existence of a bloody mattress near her home.
Police arrived at the scene Sunday at 11:00 AM and found a dead person under the mattress, but after removing it realized that there were two more bodies underneath. Moments later the death toll rose to six.
The investigating officers recorded in the initial report that on Friday night and early Sunday morning an unusual traffic of luxury vehicles and pickups was witnessed by residents of El Roble.
Inhabitants of houses near the farm where the victims were located, according to the report said, "that the well site had become popular with practitioners of Santeria and similar religions that generated fear among residents.
In reviewing the bodies before sending them to the local Coroner, authorities found the six bodies showed a lesion on the left side of the chest. Meanwhile, the paramedics confirmed that they all lacked the heart.
The Judicial Police director, Julio César Moreno Orendain, said the six victims (four men and two women) had no identification papers. All were bound hand and foot.
Up to press time none had been identified, although police linked three men and a woman with organized crime, as they had contact with narcotienditas (“stores” where illegal drug sales occur) and safe houses used in the illegal human trafficking of Cubans.
According to the coroner's report indicated the victims had been dead less than 24 hours. Police investigators speculated that they were abducted on Friday afternoon and executed on Saturday.
All available agents with the state attorney general’s office and judicial police were assigned to the case.
This incident echoes that of the U.S. citizen of Cuban descent Adolfo Constanzo.
In the late 1980’s Constanzo led a cult in Mexico that practiced a mix of Palo Mayombe and Santeria that included drug dealers and police officers.
The cult was based in Matamoros, Tamaulipas across the Rio Grande from Brownsville, Texas. It trafficked drugs and murdered and dismembered mostly rival drug dealers for use in human sacrifice ceremonies.
It was thought that these ceremonies rendered cult members immune to law enforcement efforts.
In 1989 cult members abducted and sacrificed a University of Texas student celebrating spring break in Matamoros.
Pressure by U.S. authorities to solve the crime led to the downfall of Constanzo’s cult.