Drug cartel suspected in northern Mexico's mass graves, authorities say
Nine of the 17 people who have been detained in connection with the bodies are shown in this picture released by the Mexican attorney general's office.
April 12th, 2011
06:00 PM ET

Drug cartel suspected in northern Mexico's mass graves, authorities say

The Zetas drug cartel is believed to be behind the mass graves recently discovered in northern Mexico, authorities said Tuesday.

Mexican Attorney General Marisela Morales said that 116 bodies have been found and that 17 suspects have been detained in connection to the killings.

Authorities began finding the graves last week during an investigation into a report of the kidnapping of passengers from a bus in late March. The investigation led them to San Fernando, Mexico, the same place where the bodies of 72 immigrants were found at a ranch last August.

The Mexican state of Tamaulipas, where San Fernando is located, is one of Mexico's most active states when it comes to drug trafficking. The Zetas cartel and the Gulf cartel operate in the state and have strongholds there.

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  1. Chiltepin

    Jus wundrin...If I got all hyped up on crystal, would my sinuses decongest? Uugh!

    April 13, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. Common Sense

    In you dreams this will be a drug free country. It will never happen and deep down we know it. Too much money involved. Just keeping it real!

    April 13, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. angela

    Wow Mexico is actually doing something about these murders?? I'm shocked

    April 13, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Yuck mouth

    Just get the mexicans out of america never mind the ones that are where they suppose to be period!

    April 13, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Yuck mouth

    And besides america is making money off the drugs too so dont be fooled

    April 13, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. kim

    I hate illegal drugs the toll it is taking on people is unfair.

    April 13, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. kim

    I hate illegal drugs the people using them selling the drugs.or making them have never provide me or anyone I know with good memories or money all I EVER SEEN DO WAS CAUSE TRAGIC ENDINGS! I HATE THE LIES. THE GREED THE LOSE OF PEOPLE THE EFFECT ON CHILDREN. COMMUNITIES AND I HATE IT SO MUCH ITS A POISON THAT PEOPLE ARE USING AND DESTROYING ANYTHING IN THE PATHS. THEY ALL CAN ROT IN HELL FROM THE TOP TO THE BOTTOM THE DRUG TRADE IS PURE EVIL. I HATE THEM.

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  9. Dim Mak

    @Yuck Mouth: Interesting tidbit I just read. 2001-2005 saw the largest influx of immigrants to the US @ 8million. Half of those were illegal yet the Repubs are trying to say the Dems "liberal" policies are the reason for lax immigration laws.

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  10. austyn cooper

    so what connection did these pepole have with the dead bodies found in mexico

    April 14, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. austyn cooper

    i think its srewed up what there doing

    April 14, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mike Jones

    Mexico needs to ask America for complete and unlimited military enforcement and judicial powers to find these thugs and give them the death penalties buy a firing range. Mexico does not support the death penalties and this is part of the problem. This is such a lawless country and most but not all people (Mexicans) have no respect for human life.

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