The Mexican police have found 19 bodies — many of them burned and shot — in a remote area near the US border that is known for drug smuggling violence.
The bodies were found in an uninhabited region of Tamaulipas, nearly 40 miles south of Rio Grande City, Texas.
The police found two completely burnt vehicles containing the human remains and cordoned off the area. An autopsy of the discovered bodies is underway.
“Preliminary investigations point to the fact that the cause of death were shots from firearms, and that then the bodies were set on fire,” a statement from prosecutors said.
One of the lines of investigation is that the events could have happened at a place other than that of the discovery. However, no bullet shells were found on the scene.
The area is known for “constant fights between rival criminal groups that traffic drugs, arms and migrants,” said a source.
Commenting on the state of organised crime in Mexico, President Lopez Obrador had said that the situation was “very difficult”. In October 2020, former Mexican defence minister was charged with drug trafficking and money laundering while holding public office. General Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, who served from 2012 to 2018, was arrested in Los Angeles.
Apart from crime and drugs, the Latin nation faces another important challenge- illegal immigration. On January 23, US President Joe Biden held a telephonic conversation with his Mexican counterpart López Obrador wherein he stated firm resolve to reverse Trump’s “draconian immigration policies”.