Search for 2 Mexico Cops Turns Up 42 Bodies

Officers admit handing victims over to drug cartel
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 26, 2013 1:50 AM CST
Forensic investigators put into a vehicle a body that was recovered from a mass grave in La Barca, Mexico.   (AP Photo/Agencia Esquema)

(Newser) – A search for two missing federal detectives in western Mexico has turned up 42 bodies and counting—but still no trace of the missing men. Many of the bodies found in almost two dozen mass graves over the last few weeks were bound and gagged and some showed signs of torture, the AP reports. The graves are in a region near the border between Jalisco and Michoacan states, site of a turf war between the Knights Templar and the New Generation drug cartels.

Federal investigators were led to the graves by local police officers who admitted turning over the federal officers and other people to New Generation gunmen. Some 22 police officers have been detained.

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