#AceNewsReport – Mar.23: Police have found the remains of at least 240 people who they believe were murdered and dissolved in acid by one single killer: Remains found in mass graves suggest the total number of victims could even be as high 650………..Authorities believe hitman Santiago Meza Lopez, known as ‘El Pozolero’ – or the ‘Stew Maker’ – was responsible for the majority of those killed #AceNewsDesk reports
Lopez is alleged to have put the bodies of his victims in barrels of acid before burying them in pits (Picture: CEN)
He allegedly worked on behalf of the Sinaloa Drug Cartel in Mexico, and was first captured in 2009 when he confessed to helping the cartel ‘get rid of bodies’.
Prosecutors believe he may have been solely responsible for the murder of at least 300 people for which he is still awaiting sentencing.
It is thought he put the bodies of his victims in barrels of acid before burying their remains in mass graves in ‘La Gallera’ – the Chicken Coop – in the city of Tijuana near the border with the US.
Police found 16,500 litres (4,300 gallons) of organic material and between 170 and 200 kilograms (374 – 441 pounds) of human bones at the alleged killing grounds.
Authorities think it could equate to 650 victims.
Hitman Lopez was arrested in 2009 and has been attributed with the murder of at least 300 people by a prosecutor and is still awaiting sentencing (Picture: CEN)
Police have found the remains of at least 240 people but say there could be as many as 650 victims there in total (Picture: CEN)
Digging at the site began in 2012, and authorities began finding possible human remains last year.
According to court documents, Lopez said he was working on a farm when cartel bosses asked him to carry out an ‘experiment’ around 1996.
They put litres of water and acid in a barrel then dropped in a leg of meat then let it sit for two hours.
It successfully dissolved and Lopez said a few months later the bosses came back with a body.
‘They called me again and told me that now they were going to experiment with human flesh,’ he told a court.
The human remains were found in an area known as ‘the chicken coop’ in Tijuana, in the Mexican state of Baja California (Picture: CEN)
Santiago Meza Lopez, a.k.a. ‘El Pozolero’ is escorted by members of the Federal Police in Mexico City after his arrest in January 2009 (Picture: AFP/Getty)
After Lopez was arrested, families formed an organisation which has been pushing for authorities to identify the remains found at ‘the Chicken Coop’.
Despite the discovery of remains and Lopez’ cofession, he has yet to be sentenced for his crimes and remains in prison with his lawyers continually delaying sentencing.
The Sinaloa Cartel is an international drug trafficking, money laundering, and organized crime syndicate.
Established during the mid-1980s, the Sinaloa Cartel is based primarily in the city of Culiacan, Sinaloa, with operations in the Mexican states of Baja California, Durango, Sonora, and Chihuahua: Almost 300 people murdered and dissolved in acid by single hitman// Metro
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