More than 100 bodies have been found crammed into a mass grave in Mexico, located on the territory of one of the country’s most notorious drug cartels.
The poignant discovery was made by officers, who saw the bodies in pieces with skulls scattered in separate bags.
Of the 113, only 30 have been identified so far, according to prosecutor Gerardo Octavio Solis speaking at a press conference on Sunday. Newsweek.
The bodies were found in El Salto, Jalisco, the base of the deadly Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), led by Nemesio ‘El Mencho’ Oseguera Cervantes, reports Mirror online.
Jalisco has the highest number of bodies exhumed from clandestine graves since 2006 with 867 and has the highest number of missing persons, with 3,568 in the past two years, according to a report by the Mexican Ministry of the Interior.
The CJNG relentlessly operates a multi-billion-pound drug empire and is known for ripping out victims’ hearts and eyes, dissolving bodies in acid and even targeting pregnant women, reports The sun.
In October, 60 bodies were found in another mass grave in the town of Salvatierra in the neighboring state of Guanajuato.
The military and National Guard provided safety for the dig due to the apparent dangers, with authorities shocked that the grave was not in a more deserted rural area.
Meanwhile, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Monday denied that Mexico had agreed to arrest a US cartel leader to secure the return of ex-Defense Secretary Salvador Cienfuegos from US custody.
Last week, it was reported that Mexico had agreed with US Attorney General William Barr to request the arrest of a Mexican leader of the high-level drug cartel as part of a deal to drop drug trafficking charges against Cienfuegos.