By: Noé Zavaleta | Translated by Valor for Borderland Beat
Xalapa, Veracruz— The bodies of six men were abandoned inside a van at the side of the Isla-Santiago Tuxtla State Road, at the height of La Ceibilla Bridge.
This new act of violence in southern Veracruz was reported by farmers in the area, which gave notice to the delegation of the ministry of public security and the regional state prosecutor.
Employees of the directorate of forensic services and of the forensic medical service carried out the removal of the bodies which were inside a red Ford Windstar, with Tabasco state license plates WSR-25-87.
Until this afternoon, the victims had not been identified, it was only disclosed that their hands were tied up with duct tape and various beatings and signs of torture.
Veracruz violence escalated to such an extent that just during the weekend, 23 violent deaths were reported, allegedly linked to organized crime.
According to the attorney general’s office and the attorney general of the state, since the start of 2016, there exists a struggle between the criminal cells of Los Zetas and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel for the movement of drugs and control of unlawful activities.