Eleven bodies with apparent signs of torture were found this Sunday in a clandestine grave located in Michoacán, state of western Mexico, and attributed to suspected drug traffickers.
The State Attorney General’s Office (FGE) informed Efe that the burial was found on a site in the Zumpimito neighborhood, in the city of Uruapan, the second most important in Michoacán, after the capital, Morelia.
According to the same source, masons discovered the furtive burial while carrying out excavations that they interrupted when they discovered plastic bags with human remains.
Forensic Medical Service personnel (Semefo) went to the area and exhumed a total of eleven bodies, whose identities and sex could not be determined with the naked eye.
Ambulances transferred the bodies to the local morgue, where they will be examined by specialists, although authorities presume that the victims were tortured before being shot dead.
According to the State Prosecutor’s Office, this multiple crime could be derived from the struggles that the Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG) and Nueva Familia Michoacana drug cartels maintain – which operates with their self-styled armed arm as “Los Viagras” -, for the control of the production and trafficking of drugs, mainly methamphetamine.
Last Friday the security forces arrested Luis Ayala Barragán, a 19-year-old youth identified with the alias “El Vocho”, alleged head of hitmen of the Jalisco Nueva Generación cartel (CJNG), one of the most powerful criminal organizations in Mexico.
The capture of “El Vocho” and an escort came after facing shots with police in the downtown area of Uruapan, where an agent died and two others were injured.
The FGE identified Ayala Barragán as the intellectual author of the kidnapping and murder of 16 men and three women, whose bodies appeared, some hanged and others dismembered, on August 8, 2019, on the roads of Uruapan.
Mexico has accumulated more than 60,000 disappeared since 2006, when the so-called war on drug trafficking began, according to the most recent official report.
From December 2018 until the end of 2019, in the first year of government of the current Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, 1,124 bodies of clandestine graves in Mexico were exhumed.
Michoacán, which has been the scene of disputes between criminal organizations and drug cartels, closed the year 2019 as the sixth Mexican territorial entity with the most malicious killings, a total of 2,049, according to the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System (SESNSP) .