Photo: Body recovery from mass graves in Tamaulipas
Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office is reporting that it has arrested 16 municipal police officers from San Fernando, Tamaulipas in connection with the slew of mass graves they have been finding since last week, with approximately 126 bodies – other reports put the victim count at 140.
According to Mexican authorities these officers were providing protection to the vicious Zeta drug cartel in San Fernando and covered up the massacres. It is believed that the Zeta’s or their henchmen kidnapped many people off of local buses they stopped trying in hopes of extracting ransom. The kidnappings started in early March and when police went to investigate they found numerous mass graves containing many bodies within each of the graves.
The kidnappings occurred close to San Fernando, which is 80 miles south of Brownsville, Texas. The kidnapped victims were taken to a ranch where they were tortured and eventually killed if ransom was not forthcoming, according to reports.