THE bodies of 44 missing people have been found in a well in an area of Mexico notorious for brutal drug cartel executions.
The grim discovery was made after locals in Jalisco state complained of a foul smell and when the well was dug up the remains were found stuffed into 119 black bags.
Jalisco is home to one of Mexico’s most ruthless drug gangs and this is the second major find of bodies there this year.
According to the BBC, most of the bodies were cut up, so authorities had to piece together different parts in order to identify them.
The bodies were discovered near a half built stable on a nine acre site surrounded by trees which local media said had been abandoned years ago.
For several days there was “a plague of flies” around the well and the smell became unbearable after the September rains.
Local media report that spokesman for the local authorities said “many of those we have found in the graves have a criminal record”.
The site is 35 minutes drive from Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco state, a city where so far this year more than 15 burial sites, some holding dozens of bodies, have been discovered.
Last month, the Jalisco drug cartel, which is among Mexico’s most powerful, released shocking footage of a rival gangster being interrogated and then slaughtered.
A group of ten alleged members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel(CJNG) are seen wearing military-style combat gear and armed with rifles as they surround a captured man from a rival drug gang.
According to local media reports, the half-naked man is said to be Aldolfo Mendoza Valencia, aka ‘El Michoacano’, who is one of the leaders of a rival gang the Santa Rosa de Lima cartel in the Valle de Santiago.
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Drug-related violence in Mexico has increased massively in recent years with murders now commonplace.
Mexico’s history of its drug cartels is one of splits and constant fighting between themselves as they battle for supremacy.
The Jalisco New Generation Cartel sprang up in around 2009 when an earlier gang, Milenio Cartel, split apart.
Current leader of the CJNG is Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, known as ‘El Mencho’ who is one of Mexico’s most wanted drug lords.
The gang are currently caught fight an increasingly bloody and violent drug war with a number of gangs.
They are currently fighting La Nueva Plaza for control of Guadalajara, Los Viagras for the state of Michoacan and bitter rivals Los Zetas for the city of Puebla.
They are also battling the Sinaloa cartel in Tijuana and Baja California as well as the Cartel de Juarez in Ciudad Juarez.
Then they are also fighting La Resistencia for control of Jalisco.
Led by Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, aka El Mencho, the CJNG are currently fighting a number of rival cartels with their main rivals for control of Guadalajara.
The rival cartel was started by two former CJNG members in 2018 when its co-founder Erick Valencia Salazar and another high ranking leader Carlos Enrique Sanchez left.
The Jalisco cartel are also believed to be responsible for the beheading of nine people, whose naked bodies were dangled from a bridge.
Shocked cops found nine bodies hanging from the overpass alongside a massive banner threatening other drug gangs.
While the banner was not completely legible, it bore the initials of the Jalisco drug cartel, and mentioned the Viagras – a rival gang.
“Be a patriot, kill a Viagra,” the banner read in part.
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The murders, which happened in the next-door state of Michoacan, marked a return to the grisly massacres carried out by drug cartels at the height of Mexico’s 2006-2012 drug war.
According to local human rights organizations, in recent years more than 8,000 people have disappeared in Jalisco.
The surge in disappearances marks a frightening development in a country where more than 40,000 people have been reported missing since 2006.
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