Mexico: Captured Zetas lead authorities to hidden graves
By Dialogo March 08, 2012
MONTERREY, Mexico – Mexican police have found the remains of at least 15 people in three graves near the northern city of Monterrey, authorities said Mar. 7.
The remains were found on Mar. 6, near the town of Benito Juárez in the state of Nuevo León, said an official from the state prosecutor’s office.
Captured suspects from the brutal Los Zetas drug gang provided information that led authorities to the graves, the official said, declining to be named.
Investigators continued combing the area on Mar. 7.
According to local media, 113 bodies have been found since June 2010 in hidden graves around Benito Juárez, from which many residents have fled due to rising insecurity.
Nuevo León, which borders the United States, has seen a surge in drug gang-related violence in recent years blamed on turf wars between the Zetas and their former employers, the Gulf cartel.
In the city of Piedras Negras, in the state of Coahuila and on the U.S. border, at least one police officer died and six others were injured in clashes with gunmen late Mar. 6, local authorities said.
The clashes started after criminal gangs blocked access roads to the city, across from Eagle Pass, Texas, with stolen trucks and buses, according to Mexican media.
[AFP, 07/03/2012; Eleconomista.com.mx (Mexico), 07/03/2012]