Drug traffickers left the bodies of 12 men in a van after shooting them to death on the border of the states of Michoacán and Guerrero, in western Mexico, authorities revealed Saturday.
The Attorney General of the State (FGE) of Michoacán reported that the discovery of the bodies occurred at 08:00 in the town of El Terrero Prieto, in the municipality of San Lucas.
The 12 bodies were stacked in the raft of a Nissan-brand NP-300 truck, with a report of theft since September 13, 2019 in Mexico City, the country’s capital.
The victims, detailed the FGE, presented severe signs of torture and bullet wounds.
Several of the bodies were naked and others wore some clothing such as underwear or pants, deepened dependence.
The FGE transferred the bodies to the Forensic Medical Service (Semefo), so they are still waiting to be identified and claimed by their relatives.
One of the lines of investigation that the Prosecutor’s Office follows points to a revenge between drug cartels, which dispute the control of illicit operations in the border area of Michoacán and Jalisco.
Mexico reported 3,000 murders in March and 2,950 in April, the two most violent months of the presidency of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who took office in December 2018.
Although drug-related crimes have fallen more than 24% in the first four months of the year, security specialists attribute the killings to the fact that the cartels are taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to dispute the territories.
The Government of Michoacán, headed by the leftist Silvano Aureoles, has identified the presence of the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel (CJNG) and La Nueva Familia Michoacana (LNFM) in that area.
The latter operates with his assassins arm, self-styled Los Viagras.
Just on February 14, eight men were tortured and shot to death inside the Los García ranch, in the municipality of Huetamo, adjacent to San Lucas, a farm where weapons and clothing with the initials of the CJNG were found.
Among the eight victims, authorities identified two young people of Guatemalan origin who had illegally entered Mexico, where they were recruited for organized crime.
So far in 2020, Michoacán authorities have discovered at least a dozen “narcocampamentos” in mountains of the municipalities of San Lucas, Huetamo, Carácuaro and Nocupétaro, which make up the Tierra Caliente region adjacent to the State of Mexico and Guerrero.