Mexico drug criminal claims he dissolved 300 bodies

January 24th, 2009 - 12:49 pm ICT by IANS  

Mexico City, Jan 24 (DPA) The Mexican Army has arrested a drug suspect who claimed to have dissolved 300 corpses of other drug criminals with corrosive chemicals over the past 10 years.Santiago Meza Lopez, 45, confessed to having disposed of rivals for drug kingpin Teodoro Garcia Simental, the defence ministry said in a statement Friday.

Lopez and two other suspects were arrested in Tijuana in northern Mexico Thursday, the ministry said. Tijuana, located near the US border, is in the centre of Mexico’s increasingly brutal drug war.

Meza Lopez, known as Posolero del Teo (Teo’s stew maker), said he got rid of the bodies, “the products of the drug war, enemies or debtors of Simental”, by dissolving them in in industrial drums on the outskirts of Tijuana, using caustic soda, a highly corrosive substance.

“El Teo” Simental is one of the most-wanted members of the Tijuana drug cartel. More than 5,600 people were murdered in the course of Mexico’s drug war last year, most of the killings have not been solved.

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