A mass grave used by drug cartel killers has been discovered just 500 meters from government offices in Mexico.
Already ten bodies have been recovered from the area of 60,000 meters of wasteland on the dirt road to San José de los Sauces, near the municipal president’s palace in Escobedo Nuevo Leon and a short distance from a soccer field. used by local youth teams.
So far, only two of the victims have been identified.
One of them is Naomi Elizabeth García Arambula, a 22-year-old girl who disappeared on January 16.
The other would be Mario Parra Márquez, a 28-year-old man who disappeared the same day as Naomi. Both bodies have gunshot wounds.
Investigators are currently working to establish the identity of the other victims, but in some cases the bodies are in a very advanced state of decomposition, making the work of pathologists very difficult.
All the dead are believed to be the towns of the notorious Sinaloa drug cartel. The sinister “dump” of gang victims was uncovered after local kingpin Alan “el Cano” Ervey was arrested.
He was arrested by agents of the National Investigation Agency on January 19, along with seven of his accomplices, while having dinner with his family in a restaurant in the municipality of Guadalupe, in the metropolitan region of Monterrey.
Ervey had been a priority target for the government of Nuevo León. He was wanted in connection with a number of gang executions and death threats against police officers.
The cartel’s “death camp” may still contain more bodies, and police are guarding the site as the investigation continues.
Work is hampered by “a shortage of staff”, according to local politician Lourdes Huerta.
She says the two agencies responsible for this type of work – the Specialized Prosecutor for Missing Persons and the State Search Commission – are severely understaffed.
“There is no one at the Commission. There is no one at the office of the special prosecutor for missing persons,” she told Milenio.
“The anti-kidnapping group has just joined in support of recent cases…In this year’s cases. But we’re talking about cases from 14 or 15 years ago. So those are still lagging behind .”