Police find four headless corpses in central Mexico state

10:19, June 04, 2010      

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Police found four headless bodies at the side of a major highway linking San Lucas to Evangelista, Mexican broadcasters reported Thursday.

The bodies were accompanied by messages from their killers claiming the dead men had crossed gangsters nicknamed The Tiger and The Wolf, and that they supported a rival group led by a figure called The Little Daddy.

The bodies were found by the authorities of the small town of Ixtlahuacan, Jalisco. This is the second grisly find for in the area. In an earlier incident, two partially buried bodies were found close to the scene of Thursday's discovery.

Local police told media The Wolf appeared to be a local crime boss called Oscar Orlando Nava Valencia, who had already been arrested by the Mexican army in an incident linked to drug trafficking. The Little Daddy apparently works a drug cartel operating near the Pacific coast state of Sinaloa.

The news came a day after the Mexico's Foreign Ministry and the U.S. State Department presented a joint study saying as much as 29 billion dollars of drug money may be laundered in Mexico every year, the vast bulk of it in packages of five and 10 thousand dollars transported across borders by individuals.

President Felipe Calderon has deployed federal forces to Mexico's most violent cities to battle traffickers, who smuggle drugs into the United States, the world's largest market for illicit drugs.

There were 6,587 drug-related murders last year. Mexico's government argues the U.S. must do more to support Mexico in its battle against organized crime by reducing the flow of guns and money south of the border.



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