More than 100 bodies have been found piled in a mass grave in the territory of one of Mexico’s most notorious gangs.
Many of the bodies are believed to have been dismembered with skulls found separately in nearby bags.
Police made the poignant discovery in El Salto, Jalisco, the base of the deadly Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), led by Nemesio ‘El Mencho’ Oseguera Cervantes.
Prosecutor Gerardo Octavio Solis told a press conference on Sunday that only 30 of the at least 113 bodies had been identified, reports Newsweek.
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.