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Latest mass grave in Jalisco could yield over 25 bodies

December 4, 2013

Just days after Mexican authorities exhumed the last of 67 bodies near the town of La Barca, at least another five corpses have been found at another mass grave in the state of Jalisco.

Agents of the Jalisco Prosecutor General’s Office (FGE) discovered the bodies of five men in the municipality of Zapopan on Tuesday. They were unearthed on the Mesita hill between the villages of Santa Lucia and Palo Gordo, about 10 kilometers from the town of Tesistan. The excavation continued on Wednesday, with NoticiasMVS reporting that the body count had risen to 15.

The discovery of the graves followed the arrest of three alleged members of the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG) accused of shooting a man to death in Zapopan last Thursday. The suspects told the authorities that at least 25 bodies were buried on the Mesita hill, according to local media outlet TraficoZMG.

The CJNG is also suspected of being responsible for the 67 bodies buried near La Barca on the border with Michoacan, with many of the victims believed to have been members of rival gang the Knights Templar.

Edit (December 6): The authorities had exhumed 17 bodies at the grave in Zapopan at the end of the fourth day of digging on Friday.

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