Written by Staff Writer
03 Dec, 2013 | 9:56 pm
More than 60 bodies believed to be victims of a drug cartel have been found in mass graves in the western Mexican state of Jalisco.
A total of 35 graves were found containing 64 bodies, some of which showed signs of torture, an official at the attorney general’s office said Monday.
The search in an area bordering the drug-plagued state of Michoacan stemmed from a probe into the November 3 disappearance of two federal police officers. The policemen were not among the bodies found.
One civilian and 20 police officers were arrested in the case of the missing policemen. The detainees, who led police to the many mass graves, allegedly confessed to capturing the pair of federal agents and turning them over to a drug gang called Jalisco New Generation.
Some of the bodies had been dead for months, others for two or three years, a spokesman for the attorney general’s office said. Authorities also said that some of the bodies had been bound by the hands and feet.
The Jalisco New Generation drug gang is involved in a turf war with a rival cartel called the Knights Templar over the state of Michoacan.
Under the presidency of Felipe Calderon from 2006 to 2012, 26,121 people went missing in Mexico and drug-related violence claimed more than 70,000 lives as federal forces fought drug cartels.
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