Drug gang nabbed in 16 killings near Mexico City

Cartel Violence
Posted at 6:38 PM, Jan 23, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-23 18:38:00-05

TOLUCA, Mexico (AP)-- Prosecutors say the dismemberment killings of 16 people just west of Mexico City over the past 10 days were the work of a drug cartel.

The latest six victims were found early Wednesday. Their cut-up bodies were located in the city of Toluca, wrapped in plastic bags, like the other victims found since Jan. 14. All were allegedly lookouts or informants for rival gangs.

Toluca is the capital of Mexico State. It is just west of Mexico City, which has largely been spared Mexico's drug violence.

The public safety secretary of Mexico State said 11 people were detained Wednesday for the killings, including a teenager.

Salvador Neme said the gang of killers was led by an army deserter who said he worked for the La Familia drug cartel.