May 8th, 2010
05:57 PM ET

Five headless bodies found near Acapulco

Police in Mexico's Guerrero state are investigating the killings of five men found decapitated near the resort town of Acapulco, authorities said Saturday.
The men were between 20 and 30 years old and were found in a car in the region of Costa Grande in the subdivision of Tamarindo, less than 3 miles from Acapulco, Guerrero state police officer Jorge Tellez told CNN.

All five showed signs of torture and their bodies were riddled with bullets, police said.

Three of the men were killed Friday, investigators said. They did not know when the other two died.

All were Mexicans, according to Guerrero state public security and civil protection spokesman Arturo Cuellas.

Three of the victims were identified as Jonathan Gomez Tellez, Jose Pastor Valencia and Osiris Villanueva Vargas. Police are working to determine the identities of the two others.

Guerrero state police said they did not know the motive of the killings.

Guerrero is in southern Mexico and is contentious territory for drug cartels. The state is near a major drug trafficking artery for such drugs as cocaine, which flow through Central America from Peru and Colombia.

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  1. Pedro Paramo

    mabel floyd: You wish the French had won? If they had, america would probably be very different. The French wanted Mexico as a launch pad to attack America. Cinco de Mayo is not celebrated much in Mexico. It is celebrated here because Americans were glad to see that France was not going to stay long in Mexico. Next Cinco De Mayo, join the celebration. and give thanks that America did not have to fight the French, because of the battle in Puebla.

    May 8, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. linda

    Legalize and Tax it. You will reduce the killing and the deficit.

    May 8, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. rasmussen

    Hey, regardless of this or any other crime from this town, my advise is DO NOT GO. It
    is a run down "Paradise" from the 70s.

    May 8, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Viz

    legalize weed

    May 8, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ramon F. Herrera

    @Neutral: "Herrera, you are just as ignorant as the others. "

    Dear Neutral, I made a little assumption (that the poster writes as a conservative) about ONE person. People on the other side of the polarized immigration issue make generalizations about 47 million Hispanics in the USA and 111 million people in Mexico. Not to mention in Latin America.

    Honestly, man, do NOT place me in the same category with haters, anti-immigrant and bigots.

    May 8, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jstmyview

    Just another day in the "Mexican Hood">

    May 8, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Greg

    Did someone seriously just comment that alcohol wasn't addictive and that it's unheard of to see a person fight or become aggresive after consuming alcohol???? Trent, I'm not sure what planet you come from, but here on earth, alcohol is the exact opposite of what it is from where you come from.

    May 8, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ramon F. Herrera

    "THIS SOUNDS LIKE A ZOMBIE OUTBREAK."

    Right, and people who die from explosions in Iraq are also victims of zombie outbreaks.

    What part of "DRUG WAR" don't you understand?

    May 8, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saradode

    Ryan, I think I love you. 🙂 That was perhaps the most thoughtful, compassionate, and wise comments I've ever read here. Thank you for lifting my spirits after I'd been wading yet again through some of the knee-jerk hateful, cruel, racist, and ignorant remarks one unfortunately so often finds here.

    Drug-dealers or not, no one deserves to be killed like that. No one should rejoice, or make stupid jokes, or blather on about the inferiority of anyone considered different from "us." It reveals a sad and really frightening lack of humanity. Grow up, open your eyes, and think.

    May 8, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ramon F. Herrera

    > Just another day in the "Mexican Hood"

    When I read a comment like that, I always wonder whether the ignorance of the writer is real or pretend.

    Those typical days in the "Mexican Hood" are in huge part courtesy of the largest, more affluent group of drug consumers in history.

    "The tragedy of Mexico is being next door to a country who is the largest consumer of drugs in the world".

    Presidente Calderon

    ps: Not to mention the weapons that the USA exports south,

    May 8, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. mom

    Definitely zombies. / knows what they're talking about.

    May 8, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Butch

    @Andy
    Hate to burst your bubble but the US does not get its Marijuana from Mexico. The majority of Cannabis consumed in the US is grown here, especially in the Northern California area on the west coast and the Appalachian region on the east coast/South. We still import a moderate amount of marijuana from Canada but legalization of quality medical marijuana grown right here in the good old USA is making that fairly cost ineffective. The fact that we can now legally grow and sell much higher quality marijuana in parts of the US has left the Mexican Drug Pipeline fairly light on cannabis; after all, why pay to have an incredibly low quality product shipped across hundreds of miles and an international border, risk getting it confiscated only to arrive here and find that we have much, much better and fresher product that is sold cheaper? Even those who don't live in states where it is legalized now have a black market flooded with higher quality, cheaper US marijuana.
    The drug wars in Mexico are about cocaine and meth: two drugs that have much higher street profit than marijuana and are hundreds of times more expensive per gram; therebye much more profitable to spend. Additionally, there are no real Coca grow/processing operations in the US and the chemicals used to produce Meth are now much more tightly controlled: ergo, those drugs are much more profitable to import,
    May sound semantical, but the idea that anyone smoking marijuana in the privacy of their own home has anything to do with these, or other Mexican cartel slayings, is ludicrous. While these murders do look like the work of the cartel, based on their location in a southern Mexican state, one can be fairly safe in assuming the violence is linked to the trafficking of processed cocaine, not marijuana. Weed smokers in this country have zero responsibility for this horrible crime, though they certainly are guilty of helping their local economies by buying American. Go USA!

    May 8, 2010 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Robert

    I think that many of you don't realize how racists South American are, Mexicans and everyone else included. I have lived in several countries and can tell you from experience, White Mexicans hate indian Mexicans, Argentinians hate Bolivians, Uruguayans hate Argentinians and everyone there hate Europeans and Americans... You know, blame the Europeans for what happened 500 years ago and the Americans for what happened since they got rid of the Europeans... Their pastime is to always blame others for their own problems... be it drugs, poverty, corruption.... The day they take responsability for their own countries, just as everyone else does,,,, they'll have a chance of getting out of the pit hole they are in now...

    May 8, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mo Trin

    Reading this blog, it is very hard to separate the wheat from the chaff. My first impression is that many of you in the US are ignorant and bigoted (e.g., the occasional view that these murders happened in the US, and that keeping illegals out will prevent drug-related murders in the US). But what we really have here is an understandable collection of reactions from both sides of the border to intolerable situations:

    (1) The drug lords in Mexico use murder as intimidation, just as they use pesos to grease the political ways there.
    (2) Continued fear in the US that the incoming illegals, whether trickle or flood, will cause ongoing and worsening problems with drug importation, violence, and minimum-wage workforce displacement.

    It would be great if people could look at these situations dispassionately and work toward solutions instead of trying to place blame and trying to find a blowout patch to make it all stop. We in the US and Central America are affected and we have politicos in office who could take responsible steps toward real solutions, but between fear and greed most of them will take only token actions, or just ignore the real problems hoping for their successors to fix them.

    May 8, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Neutral

    Herrera,

    you just did by making those posts.

    so, man, i just DID place you into that group.

    well done

    May 8, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
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