'Stew Maker' Dissolved 300 Corpses in Mexico Drug War
Cartel branch paid $600 a week for disposal
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jan 24, 2009 8:56 AM CST
Soldiers and federal police agents arrive to the house were Santiago Meza Lopez allegedly disposed of hundreds of victims by dissolving them in acid, in the outskirts of Tijuana, Jan. 23, 2009.   (AP Photo/Guillermo Arias)
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(Newser) – A Mexican man has confessed to chemically dissolving 300 bodies produced by Mexico’s drug war, Reuters reports. A breakaway cartel faction paid Santiago “the Stew Maker” Meza $600 a week to dispose of bodies they brought him, he said. He dumped the bodies in industrial drums filled with caustic soda near Tijuana. “May they forgive me,” he said. The drug war claimed 5,700 in Mexico last year, over twice the number in 2007.

"They brought me the bodies and I just got rid of them," Meza said. "I didn't feel anything."