23 bodies dumped in northern Mexico
U.s. charges official
MEXICO CITY — Authorities found the remains of at least 23 people in a series of pits and scattered on the ground at a suspected druggang dumping site near the industrial hub of Monterrey in northern Mexico, an official announced Friday.
Investigators were hunting for more bodies at the rural site outside Mexico’s thirdlargest city, local media said. Photographs showed charred spots on the soil suggesting some bodies might have been partially burned.
The state attorney general’s office in Nuevo Leon state, where Monterrey is located, said more heavy equipment was being brought in to search the ground and pits where the remains were found.
The bodies were too badly decomposed for immediate identification, the attorney general’s office said.
The clandestine grave site, which was discovered Thursday, is thought to have been used by drug gangs that operate in the area.
The Mexican army didn’t offer any information on how the site was found.
Cartel hit men have been known to use mass dumping sites to dispose of their victims. In late May, police in the central Mexico tourist town of Taxco discovered 55 bodies in
an abandoned silver mine.
A Mexican law enforcement official who worked with U.S. officials was charged with sharing confidential information with drug traffickers and arranging the arrests of his drug boss’ rivals, according to a U.S. indictment against a gang that ferries drugs over the border into California.
Jesus Quinones, the international liaison for the Baja California state attorney general’s office, was among 43 defendants named in the federal racketeering complaint that alleges murder, kidnapping and other crimes. They are accused of working for Fernando Sanchez Arellano, who is considered the most-wanted drug kingpin in Tijuana.
Quinones and 30 others are in custody, while 12 defendants remained at large, authorities said. Most of the arrests occurred Thursday and Friday — 27 in the San Diego area and four in Mexico.
Quinones, 49, was arrested Thursday in San Diego. He was a primary point of contact in Baja for U.S. law enforcement agencies.
“We had a strong relationship with him, most of the (U.S.) agencies — federal, state and local,” said Keith Slotter, special agent in charge of the FBI’s San Diego office. “It was disturbing when he got caught up in this.”