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Mexican town in Jalisco state overcome with stench after authorities abandon trailer with 157 unidentified corpses

September 19, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican town in Jalisco state overcome with stench after authorities abandon trailer with 157 unidentified corpses

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Town residents in the Mexican state of Jalisco have become enraged by the foul stench decomposing corpses after authorities abandoned a trailer with 157 bodies inside.

According to El Financiero, the trailer was being utilized to store the bodies after morgues became over-capacity due to the deadly cartel violence engulfing the region.

The trailer was left over the weekend near Tlajomuclo de Zuniga. The stench of decaying bodies elicited outrage among locals in the Paseo Del Valle neighborhood.

The tractor-trailer was filled the remains of 157 unknown victims of cartel violence in Jalisco. The truck was in the area for more than 12 hours until state officials transported it to Guadalajara near the State Attorney General’s office.

The trailer belonging to the General Prosecutor’s Office of Mexico with 157 bodies inside was abandoned on a plot in the municipality of Tlajomulco de Zúñiga, in the state of Jalisco.

“This affects our kids, it smells horrible and the longer it stays, it’s going to stink even worse,” Patricia Jiménez,” told Reuters.

“It could make us all sick,” said José Luis Tovar who also expressed concerns that children in the area could come across the corpse-filled semi.

Local authorities confirmed they made use of the tractor-trailer following a recent wave of cartel violence in the state.

Additionally, Mexican federal laws prohibit the cremation of bodies resulting from violent crimes.

Drug-related violence in the Jalisco state has resulted in 1,500 homicides so far this year.

El Financiero reported that the murder rates already exceeded the 2017 murder statistics and is now the deadliest year on record.

The region’s most dominant cartel is the New Generation Cartel also known as the CJNG, a criminal organization that has gained a reputation for violence.

The CJNG is responsible for the increasing violence throughout the country as the group seeks to expand into other territories. The CJNG is a security issue for authorities due to their employment of improvised explosive devices and terrorist recruitment from Colombia’s FARC.

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