Mass graves with 166 bodies found in eastern Mexico
admin • September 7, 2018 • 2393
Forensics at crime scene | REUTERS
The bodies of 166 people have been found in the Mexican state of Veracruz, prosecutors said on Thursday (September 06), the latest in a string of grim discoveries made in the eastern region in recent years.
State attorney general Jorge Winckler told a news conference that investigators discovered the bodies in 32 graves in the central part of the state after an Aug. 8 tip from an unidentified person that they had been dumped there.
Veracruz has long been wracked by violent crime and is an important trafficking route for drug gangs moving narcotics north towards the U.S. border.
Winckler did not reveal the precise location of the graves.
Analysis of the remains indicated the bodies had probably not been there for more than two years, he said.
In March 2017, Winckler announced the discovery of more than 250 skulls in unmarked graves in the state. — Reuters
Armed robbers broke into a Mexican government coin manufacturer on Tuesday (August 06) and filled a backpack with more than $2 million worth of gold coins from a vault that had been left open, security officials said.
The daylight robbery was the latest high-profile crime to hit Mexico City, where crime has increased during record lawlessness plaguing the country.
Two people, one wielding a firearm, broke into a “Casa de Moneda” branch in the morning after throwing a security guard to the ground and taking his gun, Mexico City police said.
One of the robbers then went to the vault, which was open, and filled a backpack with 1,567 gold coins, police said.
The coins, known as “centenarios,” have a face value of 50 pesos, but trade for 31,500 pesos ($1,610) apiece, according to Mexican bank Banorte. That makes the total value of the haul at least $2.5 million.
The coin was first minted in 1921 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Mexico’s independence from Spain, according to the central bank.
Production was suspended in 1931, but the coin was re-minted beginning in 1943 due to demand for gold coins.
One side bears Mexico’s coat of arms, with an eagle perched atop a cactus, and the other features the capital’s iconic Angel of Independence monument backed by the majestic Iztaccihuatl and Popocatepetl volcanoes.
The coins, 37 mm (1.46 inches) in diameter, have a gold fineness of 0.900, or 90% purity.
Mexico is suffering from record murder levels that have made the capital, long regarded as a relatively safe haven, increasingly prone to violent crime. (REUTERS)
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