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Monday April 15, 2013

Seven Strangled Bodies Found in Resort Town of Cancun

Seven Strangled Bodies Found in Resort Town of Cancun

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The bodies of seven people who had been strangled to death were found at a house in the Mexican Caribbean resort city of Cancun, officials said.

The bodies were found Sunday by police officers responding to a tip from an anonymous caller, Cancun police chief Arturo Olivarez Mendiola said.

The victims - five men and two women - were bound and blindfolded, but the bodies did not have gunshot wounds, the police chief said.

“We have two young girls of around 20 and the rest are older ... All of them were in the yard, in the back of the house,” Olivarez Mendiola said.

Investigators took statements from seven people, including the house’s owner, the police chief said.

The killings may be drug-related, officials said.

The war on drugs launched by former President Felipe Calderon, who was in office from 2006 to 2012, left about 70,000 people dead, or an average of 32 per day, in Mexico, officials say.

Calderon, of the conservative National Action Party, or PAN, deployed thousands of soldiers and Federal Police officers across the country to fight drug cartels.

President Enrique Peña Nieto, of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, has continued the strategy implemented by Calderon of taking on the cartels, but he has also called for bolstering intelligence capabilities and attacking criminal organizations’ entire structures, not just kingpins.