Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Body count from Mexican mass graves nears 300

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 |

AP

Security forces have unearthed six more bodies in a northeastern Mexican border state where a drug gang is believed to be kidnapping passengers from buses and hiding their victims in secret graves, authorities said Tuesday.

A total of 183 bodies have been discovered in a month in 40 graves.

The horrific discoveries have intensified criticism that lawlessness reigns in Tamaulipas state, where the Zetas drug gang has terrorized migrants trying to make their way north to the United States. It is the same region where authorities say the Zetas killed 72 Central American migrants in August.

Meanwhile, a different search over the last month in the capital of northwestern Durango state has yielded 96 bodies in two mass graves as of Tuesday, said Gerardo Ortiz, spokesman for the state attorney general's office.

State investigators led by federal agents have exhumed 79 bodies in a car repair shop of a working-class neighborhood of Durango city, Ortiz said. Seventeen other decomposed bodies were found in mid-April next to a well-known hacienda in the city, less than a mile away from the car shop.

Ortiz said the bodies appear to have been buried under dirt for anywhere from six months to six years, but authorities don't know for sure because they haven't done tests.

He wouldn't say who the victims likely were or the motives. But unlike in Tamaulipas, where states across Mexico sent reports of missing persons and families lined at up morgues to give DNA samples, no one has been calling Durango. Very few families have inquired about loved ones, Ortiz said.

He said perhaps families were afraid to come forward, but he didn't want to speculate.

Both excavations are part of an investigation by the federal Attorney General's Office, Ortiz said.

But an official in the federal office disputed that. The official, who insisted on not being quoted by name, said state authorities are in charge of the Durango invesigation.

Federal Attorney General Marisela Morales said at a news conference Tuesday that six more bodies had been discovered in the San Fernando area of Tamaulipas just south of the U.S. border in the past week.

Security forces began exhuming the corpses on April 1 after they were led to the site by suspects who confessed to kidnapping and killing bus passengers traveling through the area.

The motive for the bus abductions remains unclear, though prosecutors have suggested the gang may be forcefully recruiting people to work for it. Morales said the Zetas have also been extorting migrants for up to $2,000. Those whose families pay are led across the border to the U.S. by the Zetas themselves, she said.

The discoveries of the mass graves have sparked sporadic protests by citizens.
Alejandro Poire, the government spokesman for security issues, insisted "the government is in control of Tamaulipas."

He said the government has sent more federal police to the state and is aggressively investigating the mass killings and working to prevent more deaths.
He said the increased federal presence has led to the rescue of 119 kidnapped people in the northern Tamaulipas city of Reynosa in recent days, including Mexican, Central American and Chinese migrants.

Morales said 74 suspects have been arrested in the Tamaulipas killings, including 17 officers in San Fernando's municipal police force who were identified as collaborators of criminals by some of the detainees.

Only two of the 183 victims have been identified, Morales said. Mexican authorities have declined to reveal their identities, but the Guatemalan government has said one was a Guatemalan national.

A number of mass graves have been discovered over the past in areas of Mexico where drug gang turf wars have been the fiercest.

President Felipe Calderon stepped up the fight against drug traffickers when he took office four years ago, deploying thousands of federal police and soldiers to cartel strongholds.

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DFL said...

Thats just pure madness and is horrific. Each person endured extreme fear and pain and probably had things happen to them that were unbearable and truly satanic. God bless those lost souls and may his wrath be placed upon those evil sorry sons of filty street whores who did that to those people and who are roaming free in Mexico today!!
They will fry with satan for this!!!!

Anonymous said...

The dirty police who helped the cartels are the scum of the earth!

Anonymous said...

How many years of criminal growth acceptance tolerance did it take for Mexico to reach its current state,are the normal people ready to support REFORM. You gotta wonder what it takes to motivate Mexicans? I think Americans are lazy and politically stupid, but look @ the Mexicans WOW!! Calderon tries to drag Mexico into the 21st century and catches hell for it?? Guess PRI will be running Chapo for president.

Anonymous said...

It's crazy that you don't even see this on regular media channels. This should be a HUGE story. It seems we only care if they find graves in Iraq. This surpasses that level of cruelty IMO.

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Anonymous said...

i would not be surprise if there was another 300 buried somewhere else

Anonymous said...

Los ZZZ must be exterminated. They are the most evil disgusting drug gang ever. calderon should only focus on killing this bastards and not put them in jail. I wonder how can they sleep at night I never imagine in the human mind somebody can do such horrible things. They were a drug gang and like italian mafias and others they only dill with their own not hurting innocents but the fact that they are killing innocents will make them loose. The entire Mexico and soon the world will be looking kill them and they will. Evil is not eternal and soon they will all die how they deserve.

Anonymous said...

the zetas aren't really drug traffickers they dont have the connections the golfos and CDS have in south america cause thats where the drugs really come from. so how are they making money? extortion, kidnappings and protection money. i mean if they have to resort to making people join them at gunpoint it means no sane person in mexico wants to be a Z. and thats a good thing

Anonymous said...

I've said it before the number of murders in Mexico, since Calderon took office cannot be accurately calculated because of the discovery of these mass graves! From time to time you here estimates of +36,000 victims, I wouldn't doubt it if the actual number was 3x that! You can pretty much guarantee, any Mexican citizen reported missing or who has mysteriously disappeared has fell victim to this Drug War. The sad reality is there will be absolutely no justice for these victims, for the most part their identities and exact circumstances behind their murder will never be known. Yea, we can blame the Zetas and "El Kilo" but remember these are the ones discovered (mass grave sites), I'm willing to bet there are a great deal more to come...

Anonymous said...

Cd. Victoria, TAMAULIPAS, 19 abr (EFE).- Fuentes allegadas a la administración del Gobernador de Tamaulipas Egidio Torre Cantú, filtraron información el pasado viernes asegurando que un número indeterminado de civiles está adquiriendo armamento para dar un golpe a su gobierno, dicho grupo impulsado por Yasser Assad Gutierrez, un empresario restaurantero mexicano de ascendencia libanesa que está financiando el movimiento y la compra de diferentes tipos de armas para organizar una revuelta el día 15 de Septiembre frente al palacio de Gobierno donde se darán cita los festejos tradicionales del día de la independencia.
Se rumora que Assad sostiene vínculos con Hezbollah, movimiento terrorista del Líbano que supuestamente apoya sus acciones de logística, otra fuente mencionó la existencia de un campamento establecido en una finca ubicada entre Xicoténcatl y Ciudad Mante. En el ambiente restaurantero tamaulipeco se sabe que los negocios del empresario se han visto afectados por parte del crimen organizado, sin embargo el gabinete de comunicación del Edil se ha negado a dar una declaración acerca de los hechos y simplemente se desmiente tal versión. thats an answer to are the Mexicans doing something question.

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