By Chris Covert
As Mexican security forces field units conduct searches for graves in Calera municipality in Zacatecas state, the Procuraduria General de Estado (PGE), or state attorney general Arturo Nahle Garcia, announced Wednesday that the genetic profiles of 33 different individuals have been made from remains discovered more a year ago, according to Mexican news accounts.
|Arturo Nahle Garcia|
A news item posted on the website of El Sol de Zacatecas new daily said that the the remains from 43,000 body parts have been identified with the help of students from the Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas after they were discovered in July, 2011.
Mexican Army units at the time discovered 14 mass graves near the village of Las Negritas in late July, 2011.
The identity of four of the 33 individuals have already been determined, including a woman and two children as well as a man identified as Ernesto Cordero Anguiano.
Cordero Anguiano was reported missing in December, 2010 as part of a group of eight hunters from Guanajuato who were in Sierra de Morones when they went missing.
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On Tuesday morning, a unit of the Proteccion Civil staff from Fresnillo municipality located 11 metal drums and several clothing items near Rancho Los Angeles, which is in Calera municipality and near Los Negritos. The drums were rusted and had been perforated with gunshots.
A Mexican Naval Infantry unit was later called to the location to assist in the search for graves.
Nahle Garcia later released information that the drums did not appear to have any genetic material or remains,but were slated to be tested.
The original find in late July was made just after a large counternarcotics operation involving Mexican Army, Mexican Navy and Policia Federal troops ended in Jalisco and Zacatecas states in June, 2011.
Meanwhile, two unidentified armed suspects were killed in an armed encounter with a Mexican Army unit in Panfilo Natera municipality late Monday morning.
According to a separate article posted on the website of El Sol de Zacatecas, the army road patrol exchanged gunfire with an unknown number of armed suspects, killing two near El Rancho el Tejaban.
The description of the encounter suggested the road patrol happened upon a static armed encampment.
Following the conclusion of the firefight, soldiers seized eight AR-15 rifles, seven AK-47 rifles, 24 40mm grenades, four grenade launcher attachments, 217 weapons magazine, radios, tactical gear and one hand grenade.
Among the eight vehicles seized were one Dodge Ram pickup truck, one Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck, one Ford Expedition SUV, two GMC Sierra pickup trucks and three Chevrolet Cheyenne pickup trucks.
Two motorcycles were also seized at the scene.
Chris Covert writes Mexican drug war and national political news for Rantburg.com