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. melissa

    Hmm, I'm Canadian so maybe my views are different then yours.

    5 men died... they were tortured and decaptiated... Pray to whatever higher power you believe in that they were dead prior to tehir heads being removed. Maybe they were drug dealers... maybe they were 5 Mexican-Americans celebrating a stag, such as my friends will be doing in Cancun in a couple weeks. Maybe, they were fathers to beautiful little girls and precocious little boys. Whether or not they were foot soldiers in a drug cartels' army is inconsequential. They suffered. They were shot and burned and God knows what else. Even if they were the ones who grew the Opium, created the Heroine, and carried it across the border, they did not deserve to die the way they did.

    Decency is still decency, regardless of country. Enough jabbering about Mexicans and immigration, about borders and criminals. This is about the destrustion of 5 lives and the affect it has on countless others.

    May 8, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bry Jen

    @ Ramon F. Herrera:

    I'm glad you have to through God into this. It shows your mind is set simple.

    May 8, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Pedro Paramo

    Robert: " 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..." Point taken. Unfortunately, it is difficult to do what you suggest when the big bully from the North interfers in internal matters too often.

    "The tragedy of Mexico is being so far from God and so close to America." It is to America's advantage to have weak southern neighbors that they can bully around.

    May 8, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saradode

    OK, Melissa–I love you AND Ryan!

    May 8, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Edith

    I am an Expatriate (U.S. Citizen) currently living in Mexico City for the last 6 months. I feel much safer in Mexico than I ever did in Michigan.

    May 8, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jon

    "All were Mexicans,,,"

    I am very offended by the "racial profiling" angle of this article.

    May 8, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Neutral

    If a report in the U.S. said "All we Americans," would you comment on this feed saying we should stop racially profiling Americans on CNN?

    May 8, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. LEAP - Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

    COPS SAY LEGALIZE DRUGS!
    ASK US WHY
    After nearly four decades of fueling the U.S. policy of a war on drugs with over a trillion tax dollars and 37 million arrests for nonviolent drug offenses, our confined population has quadrupled making building prisons the fastest growing industry in the United States. More than 2.2 million of our citizens are currently incarcerated and every year we arrest an additional 1.9 million more guaranteeing those prisons will be bursting at their seams. Every year we choose to continue this war will cost U.S. taxpayers another 69 billion dollars. Despite all the lives we have destroyed and all the money so ill spent, today illicit drugs are cheaper, more potent, and far easier to get than they were 35 years ago at the beginning of the war on drugs. Meanwhile, people continue dying in our streets while drug barons and terrorists continue to grow richer than ever before. We would suggest that this scenario must be the very definition of a failed public policy. This madness must cease!

    The stated goals of current U.S.drug policy - reducing crime, drug addiction, and juvenile drug use - have not been achieved, even after nearly four decades of a policy of "war on drugs". This policy, fueled by over a trillion of our tax dollars has had little or no effect on the levels of drug addiction among our fellow citizens, but has instead resulted in a tremendous increase in crime and in the numbers of Americans in our prisons and jails. With 4.6% of the world's population, America today has 22.5% of the worlds prisoners. But, after all that time, after all the destroyed lives and after all the wasted resources, prohibited drugs today are cheaper, stronger, and easier to get than they were thirty-five years ago at the beginning of the so-called "war on drugs". With this in mind, we current and former members of law enforcement have created a drug-policy reform movement - LEAP. We believe that to save lives and lower the rates of disease, crime and addiction. as well as to conserve tax dollars, we must end drug prohibition. LEAP believes that a system of regulation and control of production and distribution will be far more effective and ethical than one of prohibition. We do this in hopes that we in Law Enforcement can regain the public's respect and trust, which have been greatly diminished by our involvement in imposing drug prohibition. Please consider joining us. You don't have to be a cop to join LEAP! Find out more about us by reading some of the articles in our Publications section or by watching and listening to some of our multimedia clips,. You can also read about the men and women who speak for LEAP, and see what we have on the calendar for the near future.

    May 8, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Andy

    @Butch Actually it is estimated that between 15 to 25 percent of the US marijuana imports come from the country of Mexico. And that does not include all the illegal growth in the US controlled by the Mexican Cartels (a extremely high percentage)

    May 8, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Pedro Paramo

    Melissa: this would be an even greater country if more people here thought like you.

    May 8, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. cobra6

    @mabelfloyd, if you wish the French had won, take a look at Haiti. That country makes Mexico look like the Jetsons. Would you rather have Haiti across the Rio Grande? And to those who are getting ready to launch on me in defense of the Haitians, my point is that the idea that French colonial occupation would somehow have helped Mexican development is absolutely ludicrous.

    May 8, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. clr

    This is why we need to crack down on the drug users and dealers... Everyone that says drugs don't hurt anyone but the users needs to move down to Mexico and enjoy the bloodbath for awhile and see what they think.

    May 8, 2010 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. American X

    There is so much ignorance on here – Do a little home work – read some books – figure out that Prohibition is at the root of many of these senseless crimes. More people die from this kind of Drug Violence – than people who are Drug Users from overdoses etc.. Prohibition actually does more harm than good. It creates black markets and tax free income. 70% of all gang money comes from the sale of illegal drugs. As long as drugs are illegal there will be gangs – cartels – drug dealers – black markets -tax free income etc..,
    We are making Billionaires out of these ruthless drug lords. All because of some antiquated ideas about drug abuse – drug policy and drug war. Do you ever hear about gangs fighting over Xanax and Valium? No because these are regulated products that are Gov't deems safe and says it is ok to abuse. American Pharmaceutical companies are some of the biggest corporations in the world and have some of the largest political action committees and lobbyist of any organization. They don't want you to smoke weed (btw -no one has ever overdosed on weed) they want you to take their little blue and yellow pills.

    May 8, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Robert

    To Pedro Paramo, Ok, I understand your point and I recognize that my comment is somehow simplistic. But, hey, I cannot write here an essay about the complexity of the subject. Yes, the North interferes, but unless there is an open invasion/war, how can a country interfere in another county's dealings without the consent of its authorities and politicians? The rich Mexicans sell their country to the North while at the same time playing a demagogic game with the masses rooted in hatred towards long-gone colonizers and the powerful neighbors of the North... When the masses are ignorant, it is easy to do... I have seen it happening not only in Mexico, but all over the continent... In my opinion, the day that hatred is gone and the people there realize that the enemy is inside their own homes, the countries will be able to better face its situation, You cannot grow blaming the past or blaming others, not as a person, not as a country.

    "Robert: " 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..." Point taken. Unfortunately, it is difficult to do what you suggest when the big bully from the North interfers in internal matters too often."

    May 8, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jeff Byodo

    What do you call five dead drug runners? A great start.

    May 8, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
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