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More headless bodies found

August 29, 2008

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— In a sign of the spreading violence in Mexico, 11 decapitated bodies were found late Thursday near the colonial city of Merida on the Yucatan peninsula, officials said.

The bodies bore signs of torture, and some were unclothed. Yucatan state officials said a 12th decapitated body was found later about 120 miles south of Merida, a city that is often used as a gateway for tourists on their way to the famed Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza.

Warring drug gangs have routinely decapitated rivals during the past two years as they battle for coveted routes for smuggling drugs north into the United States.

Four decapitated bodies were found in Tijuana earlier this week in killings that appeared tied to fighting among traffickers over control of the corridor into San Diego.

But headless bodies have also turned up in other corners of Mexico as violence has spread beyond traditional battlegrounds along the U.S. border.

The Web site of the El Universal newspaper said the bodies found in Yucatan were handcuffed and showed signs that they were beaten. The Reuters news service, citing unnamed police sources, reported that the bodies had tattoos of star signs and the letter "Z."

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jafs 5 years, 7 months ago

Amen, Solomon.Didn't we learn anything from Prohibition?

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Eybea Opiner 5 years, 7 months ago

The illegality of drugs inflates their value to the extent that people will take all kinds of actions to profit from their manufacture and sale. The more pressure exerted by law enforcement, the higher the price, and the greater extremes taken by profiteers.The answer to the drug "problem" is to make drugs legal. Control the manufacture, distribution, and sales. Empty the prisons of people jailed for posession, and put them to work for wages in the government-regulated drug business. We reduce crime and increase taxes in one fell swoop. At the same time, the stigma of drug addiction is removed, clearing the path to treatment, funding of which will be provided by the sales of drugs. A positive side effect is the elimination of the DEA and expensive "War on Drugs." Those resources can be applied to closing our pourous borders.By the way, I have never used an illegal drug in my 70 year life.

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Confrontation 5 years, 7 months ago

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