They find eleven bodies of avocado trees in Uruapan, Michoacán

Benito Jimenez / Reform

Wednesday, August 03, 2022 | 21:51

Eleven bodies, nine men and two women, were found this Wednesday in an avocado orchard in Uruapan, Michoacán, state sources reported.

The bodies, already in a state of decomposition, were found half-buried in clandestine graves in the community of El Llanito, an area that adjoins the municipality of Ziracuaretiro, parallel to highway 14D.

Avocado producers gave notice of the bodies in that place, about 108 kilometers from Morelia.

Experts from the State Prosecutor’s Office unearthed the bodies, which have not been identified so far.

Elements of the National Guard and the Army installed two checkpoints to speed up ministerial work, it was reported.

The avocado zone of Uruapan, Tancítaro, Los Reyes, San Juan Nuevo, Ziracuaretiro, among other municipalities, are disputed by at least two criminal organizations for the collection of flats from producers, cutters and packers of the fruit.

At the same time, supposed self-defense groups have emerged to defend the territory from organized crime groups.

The criminals, the avocado growers told REFORMA, force the producers to pay for the production of avocados and even for their transportation.

They have also denounced kidnappings and homicides, which has caused several farmers to abandon their gardens.

On the events reported today, no authority has made an official statement.

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