The Mexican drug cartels, not known for their subtlety, are now getting even more brazen, dumping dozens of bodies on a main street during rush hour in broad daylight.
The Daily Mail reports that several gun-wielding masked men removed 35 bodies from two trucks and placed them under a highway overpass on Tuesday in Boca del Rio, in Veracruz state, one of the leading battlegrounds for the cartels. They reportedly waved their weapons at passing drivers if they looked too closely at the operation.
Veracruz state Attorney General Reynaldo Escobar Perez said seven of the bodies have been identified -- they all have criminal records for murders and drugs and are linked to the cartels.
Local reports said some of the victims were among 32 criminals who escaped from prisons in Veracruz on Monday. The reports also claimed that 12 of the bodies were women.
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Government figures report that 35,000 people have been killed throughout Mexico since the crackdown on the cartels began in 2006.