Authorities in Jalisco confirmed on Tuesday that in the 119 bags located in a clandestine moat in the colony La Primavera, municipality of Zapopan, there were remains of at least 29 people.
«We have 13 complete bodies and 16 incomplete bodies, making a total of 29 bodies,» Jalisco prosecutor Gerardo Solís said at a press conference.
Among the victims are 27 men and 2 women, he added.
The pit, more than five meters deep, was located in an unpopulated land on September 3rd, in Zapopan, in the Metropolitan Zone of Guadalajara.
So far, the bodies of three men and one woman, who were reported missing, have been recognized by their relatives.
«Three of these four people had criminal records for burglary and health offenses,» said Blanca Trujillo, a prosecutor specializing in missing persons.
For the extraction of the bodies, the authorities have used heavy machinery and the support of the canine squadron.
In addition to the entire bodies, there are human parts that are in the process of classification.
«There are different anatomical parts that are being subjected, both by anthropologists and forensics, to determine the extent to which this number will increase,» Trujillo said.
Solís reported that work will continue on the ground to look for more bodies.
So far this year in Jalisco, 27 clandestine graves have been located.
On May 7, a house with 30 bodies buried was located, also in Zapopan.
On March 1, the federal government deployed 1,400 service members to redouble surveillance in Jalisco, the headquarters of the powerful Jalisco New Generation Cartel.
Four months later, he deployed another 1,800 National Guard troops, as part of an initiative by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to contain a rising wave of criminal violence.
According to authorities, violence in Jalisco has increased since March 2017 following a fracture within Nueva Generación, which also rivals criminal groups in neighboring Guanajuato for the control of the traffic of stolen fuel, an uptrend in the years.
According to official information, more than 3,000 clandestine graves with nearly 5,000 bodies have been discovered in Mexico since 2006, when the government launched a controversial military offensive against drug trafficking.
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