23 Bodies Found in Guadalajara: Drug Gang Blamed
23 Dead Bodies Found in Abandoned Vehicles
23 dead bodies were found in three vehicles abandoned near the Millennium Arches in Guadalajara, Mexico on November 24. The Millennium Arches are less than a mile from the location of the Guadalajara International Book Fair.
A message was found with one of the bodies, though police did not divulge its contents. It is presumed that the bodies were placed by a drug gang. A stronghold of the Sinaloa cartel, Guadalajara's murder rate skyrocketed as rival gangs sought to gain influence in the area after Sinaloa regional leader Ignacio "Nacho" Coronel was killed in a shootout with federal police in July 2010.
Police and military presence were beefed up for the Pan American Games, which ran in Guadalajara from October 15-30; during that period, the gang violence slowed down.
Sinaloa saw a simiar attack on November 23: 17 burned bodies were found by police in abandoned vehicles.
The vehicles were found at a busy junction in Guadalajara, which is Mexico's second city. Alongside the bodies was a message from an alleged gang.
A state official, Luis Carlos Najera, told the Televisa network that the victims had been tied and gagged.