60,000! Mexican Gov’t Estimate of Deaths…
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**Asterisk denotes death involving a police officer or a member of the military serving in that capacity. Some items may be from notirex.com, lapoliciaca.com or historiasdelnarco.com. Some incidents of violence may not be here due to the number of killings.
Three bodies were dumped along the road between these communities, and a narco message was left with them. Local community representatives complained that they are weary of the crime and murders.
TARÍMBARO MORELIA, MICHOACAN
The body of a man beaten to death was located along a country road near the community of Cutzillo al Lobetón.
LINARES, NUEVO LEÓN
Federal police captured 5 Zeta cartel members with rifles, 22 grenade launchers, communications equipment, tables of torture and drugs.
The Mexican military has reported seizing 2.3 tons of marijuana at a checkpoint near San Luis Rio Colorado. The drug was hidden in a van carrying furniture, but was revealed with an x-ray scanner. The lone driver said it originated in Guadalajara and was destined for Tijuana.
SANTIAGO PAPASQUIARO, DURANGO
Citizens reported finding a human skull, and summoned authorities to the location. The residents said they believe it to belong to José Manuel Garay Martínez, a judge that disappeared in January. His headless body was found in the town of Santa Teresa.
The bodies of two people were found here on Wednesday. One was beheaded, and the other was identified as a state police officer.
A Mexican government survey finds that 58 per cent of the people believe the cartels are winning the war against drug trafficking. This is an improvement over the 67% figure two years ago. The government estimates that more than 60,000 have died. The survey was conducted by phone of 800 people on May 22, 2012.
Sergio Villarreal Barragan, El Grande, was extradited to the United States last month. His case will be heard in a Texas court. He is charged with conspiracy, money laundering and other crimes. (Note in photo Mexican Marines are guarding him.)
JUAN JOSE RIOS, SINALOA
The body of a man was found that had been burned alive. His clothing had been burned off, and his body showed the ravages of the fire.
A state police officer identified as Raul Castelo Solomon, 66 years old, who had 27 years in the state police and was due to retire in 3 years, was gunned down in the courtyard of his home on Tuesday evening. Two gunmen shot him twice in the head with a .45 cal. Don Raul, as he was known by the other officers, no longer took part in operations due to his age and he was physically disabled.
7 dismembered bodies found in coastal Mexico state