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Dozens of skulls and bones found in drug cartel's altar in Mexico City
Alleged members of a Mexico City cartel were arrested on October 22 - Photo: File Photo/EL UNIVERSAL

Dozens of skulls and bones found in drug cartel's altar in Mexico City

29/10/2019
13:14
Reuters
Mexico City
Dave Graham, Diego Ore
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Security forces raided a building in the city, where they also found tunnels, cocaine, marijuana, grenades, and rocket launchers

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During the raid in a building in Tepito, one of Mexico City's most dangerous neighborhoods, authorities found over 42 skulls, dozens of bones, and a fetus in a glass jar as part of an altar in the headquarters of alleged members of the Unión Tepito cartel in Mexico City.

A photo distributed by the Mexico City Attorney General’s Office showed skulls clustered around the altar, a cross was behind it and there was also a horned wooden face mask.

Next to the altar, there was a painted wall full of symbols that included a pyramid with a hand on top, celestial bodies, and a goat with a hexagram between its horns.

Authorities find tunnels, drug laboratories, marijuana and cocaine in Mexico City.

After the raid, a spokeswoman for the Attorney General’s Office said authorities were still investigating the origin of the skulls.

Investigators also discovered several knives, 40 jawbones, a fetus, and 30 leg or arm bones at the site. It was not yet clear whether the fetus was human, the spokeswoman said.

The Tepito neighborhood is known for being the center of illicit commercial activity and crime.

Raiding Tepito, Mexico City's most dangerous neighborhoods.

Nevertheless, after the arrest, a judge freed the majority of the suspects, a move that was seen as a setback for the government, which has been struggling to halt cartel violence.

Claudia Sheinbaum, Mexico City's mayor, announced that experts are obtaining DNA from 42 skulls, 40 jawbones, a fetus, and 30 leg or arm bones found in the witchcraft altar in Tepito, which will be compared to missing persons in Mexico City and other states.

Alleged Uníon Tepeito cartel members are freed from prison.

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