Mexican authorities confirmed a ghastly find outside of the Nuevo Laredo City Hall, where 14 bodies were found inside a parked vehicle Tuesday morning.
About 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, the bodies were found stuffed inside 10 garbage bags, according to information released by the Tamaulipas Attorney General’s Office, known as the PGJE.
The vehicle, which was described as a green 1996 Voyager minivan with no license plates, was parked in front of City Hall.
The bodies’ identities were not released, but the men were described as being between the ages of 30 and 35.
The slayings are attributed to fighting between rival criminal organizations, but Tamaulipas officials wouldn’t disclose whether the killings were carried out by the Zetas, who control the city’s turf, or one of their rivals.
Despite having sent out a news release about the killings on Tuesday afternoon, the PGJE later took the release down from their website for reasons unknown.
A source outside law enforcement but with direct knowledge stated that the 14 bodies belonged to members of the Zetas who had been killed by members of the Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion, also known as the Mata Zetas, a branch of the Sinaloa Cartel.
The source said that last week, the Mata Zetas had killed 16 Zetas, but no information regarding those slayings had been made available by the PGJE or other Mexican law enforcement agencies.