Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Zulu Flash - Mexican Marines Find New Mass Grave

BULLETIN: A man approached a road block in Tamaulipas State
about 90 miles from the border earlier today seeking first
aid for a gun shot wound.

He told Mexican Marines manning the outpost that he had just come from a nearby ranch where gunmen from the feared Zetas enforcer wing of the drug cartels had killed a large number of people and buried them in a mass grave.

The Marines found 72 bodies - 58 men and 14 women - buried in a very large hole, according to Navy Vice Admiral Jose Luis Vergara.

The wounded man told the road block guards that the Zetas
had kidnapped him and other migrants as they made their way
to the border in the northeastern border state, took them to
the ranch in San Fernando, and killed them.

Adm. Vergara said authorities believe the migrants are from
Brazil, Ecuador, El Salvador and Honduras.

Morgue workers were fingerprinting the remains in San

This is the largest mass grave found since President Felipe
Calderon began a crack down on drug cartels four years ago.
U.S. government funds have doubled the Mexican offensive
from a $5 million budget to a $10 million
, according to news
reports. More than 28,000 people have been killed in the
resulting violence as cartels vie for the right to use certain
smuggling routes.

The Zetas are former Mexican Special Forces soldiers who
have broken away from enforcement duties for the Gulf Cartel
and formed their own drug smuggling gang.

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