Tuesday, March 4, 2014
25 dead found near Guadalajara
A total of 25 individuals were found in a series of graves in Jalisco state, near Guadalajara in central Mexico, according to Mexican news reports.
An APRO wire dispatch which appeared in the online edition of El Diario de Coahuila news daily, said that the dead were found between Tlaquepaque and Tonala municipalities near a break in terrain known as Cerro del Gasto. The exhumation of the dead have been ongoing since March 1st.
Six have been discovered thanks to an anonymous telephone call to authorities.
According to the report, a total of 109 unidentified individuals have been exhumed from graves. colloquially known as narcofosas in Jalisco state since last November. A total of 67 individuals have been found in November and December, 2013 in La Barca, Jalisco and Vista Hermosa, Michoacan. Another 19 dead were exhumed in Tlajomulco de Zuñiga municipality last February.
Michoacan state is the coastal Mexico state in which indigenous Indians have been frustrating narcotraffickers with their grupos autodefensas or self defense groups since last summer. It is unknown as of this report if the dead have much to do with Michoacan autodefensas. Normally in Mexico when this many people are buried in one spot, they are usually kidnapping victims, or individuals who have fell afoul of local narco gangs.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com and Borderlandbeat.com he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org