Count of bodies in Mexico mass graves totals 64

Created: 12/02/2013 5:05 PM

(AP) MEXICO CITY - An official in Mexico’s federal government says the total number of bodies found in mass graves in western Mexico is 64.

He says authorities finished searching the graves Saturday. He says many of the remains had been bound or gagged and some showed signs of torture.

The official spoke Monday on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case

The graves are in La Barca, a town in a remote area by Lake Chapala, which is popular among tourists and American retirees. It is in a region where the Knights Templar and New Generation drug cartels are fighting each other.

Authorities were led to the graves by local police officers who confessed to handing over two missing federal detectives and other people to New Generation gunmen.

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