Mass grave with 113 ‘dismembered’ bodies unearthed in Mexico drug cartel city

Over 100 bodies have been found crammed in a mass grave in Mexico, which resides within the territory of one of the country's most notorious drug cartels.

The harrowing discovery was made by cops, who found the bodies dismembered with skulls scattered in separate bags.

Out of the 113, only 30 have been identified so far, according to prosecutor Gerardo Octavio Solis who spoke at a press conference on Sunday, reports Newsweek.

The bodies were found in El Salto, Jalisco, the base of the deadly Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), headed by Nemesio 'El Mencho' Oseguera Cervantes, reports Mirror Online.

Jalisco has seen the highest number of bodies exhumed from clandestine graves since 2006 with 867 and has the highest number of missing persons, with 3,568 in the last two years, a Mexico Ministry of the Interior report said.

The CJNG ruthlessly operates a multi-billion pound drugs empire and is known to rip out victims' hearts and eyes, and dissolve bodies in acid, as well as even targeting pregnant women, reports The Sun.

In October, 60 bodies had been found in a different mass grave in the town of Salvatierra in neighbouring state Guanajuato.

  • Mass grave filled with 59 bodies found in the heart of Mexico's cartel territory

The army and National Guard provided security for the excavation due to the apparent dangers, with authorities shocked that the grave wasn't in a more deserted rural area.

Meanwhile, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Monday denied that Mexico had agreed to capture a cartel leader for the US in order to secure the return of ex-defense minister Salvador Cienfuegos from US custody.

Last week it was reported that Mexico agreed with US Attorney General William Barr to seek the arrest of a high-level Mexican drug cartel leader as part of a deal to get US drug trafficking charges against Cienfuegos dropped.

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