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Mexican authorities discover drug cartel extermination site with 3,000 bodies

December 7, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican authorities discover drug cartel extermination site with 3,000 bodies

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A mass grave, containing the dumped bodies of 3,000 alleged drug cartel murder victims, has been discovered in Mexico.

The horrific discovery in the state of Coahuila contained thousands of remains, teeth, bullet casings and boots that had been “cooked with acid” and cut up with shovels, according to the San Antonio Express.

The area was revealed by Victims for their Rights in Action (Vida), a pressure organization representing the loved ones of the tens of thousands of victims who have disappeared as a result of drug violence in the country.

On Saturday, the group unearthed the site after receiving a tip that it was being utilized as an extermination center by cartel members.

Mexican authorities discovered at least 3,000 bodies at a drug cartel extermination site

Vida treasurer Óscar Sánchez Viesca told broadcaster Telesur: “The bodies were cooked with acid and incinerated in steel drums for hours with diesel, scrap tires and pieces of wood, they emptied the drums and finished breaking the remains with shovels.”

“It was a center of extermination,” Vida spokesperson Silvia Ortiz said, who has been searching for her missing daughter since 2004 when she was only 16 years old.

The death toll at the grave site could surpass 3,000 victims, once officials begin to excavate the area.

Activists who found the site say the true number of victims is likely far higher because they have not begun excavating yet

Medical examiners are expected at the site in the next few days and will send the remains to a lab in Mexico City for a thorough examination.

The state’s Attorney General’s Office said the only cartel that works in the area is the Sinaloa Cartel, which was headed by Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman. However, U.S. analysts indicated that their rivals, Los Zetas drug cartel, have gained a presence in the area.

Since 2015, Vida has uncovered 90,000 remains in at least 40 clandestine graves around the country.

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