Transcript by Newsy: http://www.youtube.com/user/NewsyWorld
BY EVAN BUSH
ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS
In Mexico, authorities are piecing together a brutal murder scene in the border town of Monterrey as drug violence persists in the region. The UK's Channel 4 describes the scene.
"Authorities in Mexico have found the dismembered bodies of more than 40 people dumped on a highway near the northern industrial city of Monterrey." "The bodies were found in the early hours stuffed in bags."
As Fox News notes, no one is sure where the bodies came from, and it could take a long time to figure that out. A Nuevo Leon state security spokesman said:
"[T]he fact the bodies were found with the heads, hands and feet cut off will make identification difficult. The bodies were being taken to Monterrey for DNA tests. [Nuevo Leon state Attorney General Adrian] de la Garza said the victims could have been killed as long as two days ago at another location..."
The bodies are thought to be tied to drug violence, though it's not clear which gang is to blame and none has taken responsibility so far. The BBC says the bodies are a reminder that Mexico's drug war is growing increasingly brutal.
"The police have an extremely difficult job trying to control of these gangs, they're extremely well-armed, they're rich, they're powerful and they're very large. They control entire states."
A reporter for CNN says that although these massacres aren't all that uncommon in Mexico, and that this murder is particularly striking for sheer numbers. He notes there was another mutilation / murder outside the city of Guadalajara a few days ago.
"In that case, they've started to identify some victims. They found a student and a waiter."
"You worry the drug cartels are picking people up and killing them to make a point."
Mexico's drug war has become so violent and so pervasive, some newspapers have stopped reporting on it for fear of gang retribution. The Los Angeles Times describes just how bad it's been.
"More than 50,000 people have been killed since President Felipe Calderon launched a military-led assault on powerful drug cartels in December 2006. Mexicans on July 1 will vote for Calderon's replacement. Election news has largely eclipsed reports on drug-war violence, but in recent weeks the mounting death toll has once again earned front-page coverage."