Police were surprised while searching for seven missing youngsters.
Officials recovered 45 bags, in which human organs were found.
Mexico: At least 45 bags containing human body parts were recovered by authorities during a search for seven missing youths last week in the western Mexican state of Jalisco. The district attorney’s office said in a statement, “The bags containing human remains have been removed and belong to both males and females.” Local authorities gave this information on Thursday.
The search was carried out on Tuesday in the municipality of Zapopan, a suburb of Guadalajara, a major industrial center, reports AFP. The authorities had launched a search for two women and five men, aged around 30, who had been missing since May 20. All were reported missing separately on different days, but investigators discovered they all worked at the same call center.
The call center was in the same area where human remains were found. Forensic experts have yet to determine the number of victims and their identities. Preliminary investigations suggest the call center may have been involved in illegal activity, and local media reported officers also found drugs, clothing and a blood-stained towel.
In recent years, human remains have been found in different areas of Jalisco. In 2021, in the municipality of Tonala, Jalisco, around 70 bags containing the human remains of 11 people were found, and in 2019, 119 bags containing the bodies of 29 people were found in a deserted area of Zapopan. Another case that sparked several protests in Jalisco is the March 2018 disappearance of three film students whose remains were dissolved in acid. Also in 2018, media reported that three Italians were missing. Allegedly handed over by the police to the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, to whom he allegedly sold faulty machines. The Italians were not found despite a massive search by state and federal law enforcement.
According to local media, in the first two months of this year alone, the remains of 33 people were found in five temporary graves in the Guadalajara region. The Jalisco New Generation Cartel operates in the state and is one of the most powerful organized crime groups in Mexico, and is embroiled in disputes with other drug syndicates. Since a controversial military drug crackdown in December 2006, Mexico has recorded more than 340,000 murders and nearly 100,000 disappearances, most of which are attributed to criminal organizations.
Keywords: crime news, Mexican crime
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