The Mexican authorities said they found 14 secret graves in the northern border state of Sonora
MEXICO CITY-Mexican authorities said on Wednesday that they found 14 secret graves in the northern border state of Sonora.
State prosecutors said there were bones in these graves, some burned and decaying bodies.
Investigators said that they are still unable to determine the number of dead bodies, but it is rare for drug cartels to dig more than one pit to bury a dead body. Therefore, the number of victims is likely to be at least 14.
The body dump was found in a bush by a voluntary search team composed of relatives of the missing person. It is located near the highway west of the state capital Hermosillo.
Sonora has always been a place for drug gangs to compete for territory. It is believed to involve the faction of the Sinaloa Cartel, the allies of the Jalisco Cartel, and the fugitive drug lord Miguel Angel Carlo Quintero. Allied gangs.
One day ago, police found three more bodies on a highway overpass in central Zacatecas, and another 10 bodies were found in the state last week.
The Zacatecas State Public Safety Agency said in a statement that three bodies were found in the town of San Jose de Lourdes on Tuesday.
Zacatecas has always been a place where drug cartels compete for territory. A week ago, 10 bodies were found in Ciudad Cuauhtemoc, another town about 340 miles (550 kilometers) north of Mexico City, 9 of which were suspended from an overpass. The tenth body was found on the sidewalk. All victims are men.
A new generation of cartels in Sinaloa and Jalisco have been fighting for control of the state. The state is an important transit point for drugs, especially the powerful synthetic painkiller fentanyl, which has moved north to the United States. border.
Cartels sometimes display corpses publicly to mock their opponents or authorities and intimidate local residents.
According to federal data, there were more than 25,000 murders in Mexico in the first nine months of this year, a decrease of 3.4% from the same period last year.