A ruthless cartel is believed to be responsible for the 47 sacks of human remains found underneath a nightclub.
Mexican police, who made the discovery in a nightclub an hour southwest of Mexico last week, believe that the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), one of the most brutal cartels in the country, was responsible for the grisly scene.
Police raided the nightclub after they arrested nine alleged members of the cartel.
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Investigators had to use an industrial digger to break open the floor of the warehouse-turned-nightclub located in the La Joya neighbourhood of Tenango del Valle.
Police also seized several firearms and bulletproof vests during the raid on the nightclub.
While the exact number of victims and their identities is not yet known, Mexican news outlet Publimetro reported that the country’s secretary of defence Luis Cresencio Sandoval said on January 17 that investigators do not expect to find any more than 10 different men and women in the sacks.
CJNG is notorious in Mexico for being one of the largest and most brutal cartels in the world, with its roots firmly planted across central and north America.
According to Mexico News Daily, two former teenage recruits aged 16 and 17 told state prosecutors that they were made to eat the flesh of their torture victims.
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Vanda Felbab-Brown, a senior foreign policy fellow at the Brookings Institute, said in ananalysisof the cartel that it actively tries to be as aggressive as possible: “The CJNG’s takeover and domination are based on brazen violence. Its [aim] is to be more ostentatiously violent than anyone else around”.
The Daily Star reported yesterday that Mexico’s army captured CJNG’s alleged “cartel queen” Alma Antonia Calderón García in Tierra Caliente, Michoacán, last week after she and her husband were accused of kidnapping five people.
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