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Mexican authorities using K-9 officers to locate cartel clandestine graves near Texas border

November 27, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican authorities using K-9 officers to locate cartel clandestine graves near Texas border

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Authorities in the border state of Tamaulipas will be using three new dogs equipped to locate bodies and clandestine graves. The acquisition comes after years of intense cartel violence with thousands of abductions victims whom were never found and are presumed to be dead.

State officials acquired three Belgian Malinois from the Merida Initiative, a U.S. program to assist Mexico in improving security conditions, according to Breitbart Texas.

The specialized dogs: Ian, Vonda, and Drago, are trained to find for human remains and will be working in the attorney general’s office as members of the missing person’s unit.

Authorities in the border state of Tamaulipas will be using three new dogs trained to sniff out bodies to locate clandestine graves.

For years, the Gulf and Los Zetas cartels–the primary drug trafficking groups in the state–were responsible for thousands of murders as part of their ongoing battle for turf. The victims, who were forcefully kidnapped, were often murdered before ransoms could be paid.

To conceal the increasing number of bodies, cartel gunmen established clandestine incineration operations and used shallow graves in rural parts of the state. In September, a Gulf Cartel mass grave in Rio Bravo was discovered, where gunmen left several bodies.

Mass graves are not new in the cartel world. In 2011, Los Zetas killed at least 193 and buried their remains in 47 graves near San Fernando, Tamaulipas. The actual number of missing victims is not clear.

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