Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Nine More Bodies Found in Clandestine Graves in Monterrey

Thursday, March 8, 2012 |

State Attorney General’s Office investigators have located another nine bodies in three clandestine graves outside this northern Mexican metropolis, bringing the total number of corpses discovered to 15, the Nuevo Leon state Security Council said.

“The find was made (Tuesday) in the city of Benito Juarez,” located in the northern part of the Monterrey metropolitan area, a state Security Council official told Efe.

Authorities thus far have confirmed the discovery of two complete decomposing corpses and the remains of another 13 people in the three graves located on a local road in Santa Ana, a community in Benito Juarez.

The bodies of 51 people suspected of having been involved in drug trafficking were found in Benito Juarez in June 2010.

A total of 324 murders were registered in Nuevo Leon in the first two months of this year, a record for a two-month period in the state, officials said.

The wave of drug-related violence in Nuevo Leon claimed the lives of 2,003 people in 2011, official figures show.

Monterrey, which is home to many of Mexico’s industrial giants, had long seemed immune to the drug war but since early 2010 has been the scene of a brutal turf struggle pitting the Gulf cartel against former allies Los Zetas, which are battling for control of smuggling routes into the United States.

About 200 disappearances in Nuevo Leon state in the past three years may be linked to the cartel turf war, non-governmental organizations say.

Among those missing are 38 Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, workers from the refinery in Cadereyta, a city next to Benito Juarez.

Mexico’s drug war death toll stood at 47,515 from December 2006 to Sept. 30, 2011.

The murder total has grown every year of President Felipe Calderon’s military offensive against the well-funded, heavily armed drug cartels.

Unofficial tallies published in December by independent daily La Jornada put the death toll from Mexico’s drug war at more than 50,000.

Source: EFE

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11 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

Bet most are narcos who didn't make the cut.

Anonymous said...

cdg has been fightin the z in that area maybe 1 side buried the enemy?

Anonymous said...

Bet most are kidnapping victims.:(

Anonymous said...

Calderon's military offensive? Que broma! If Calderon was serious we would be talking about 500,000 deaths instead of 50,000. There are whole cities that need to be destroyed starting with Nuevo Laredo!

Anonymous said...

your a genius @6:29

Anonymous said...

Outskirts of the metropolitan area of Monterrey (Juarez n.l.) . Zeta turf. Ghetto areas.a lot of ranchos. I bet is scary at night.

Anonymous said...

You what's funny, los Gingos found Bin Larden In a different country on the other side of earth, yet they can't find the cartel jefes on their doorstep.

Anonymous said...

March 8, 2012 10:24 PM
Where is 6:29 "Genius"

Anonymous said...

Why put a few in graves and a 20+ dumped on the highway in stolen cars? Narcos sound like they are getting high on their on supply.

Anonymous said...

@ 9:14 AM Probably depends why they killed them. I know some they dump as warnings to rivals. Others they dump to scare the public. Some they just want to 'disappear' them for whatever reason.

Anonymous said...

ALL criminal cartel scum are sick, demented, evil, dirty, rotten ANIMALS that deserve nothing but immediate extinction from this earth!

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