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Dispute between fuel theft gangs results in five bodies

Guanajuato, Guanajuato — Authorities suspect a dispute between criminals who steal fuel as their main source of income is the reason behind the discovery of five bodies.

Police say between the night of Saturday and dawn of Sunday, they reported the finding of five bodies, all dismembered. They say they found the heads of three men and one torso in six plastic bags. The remaining body parts were found in diverse points around the city of Apaseo el Alto in the southeast of the state.

They add that along with the dismembered parts were written messages, allegedly from a criminal group.

Elements of the State’s Single Command, which are responsible for the municipality’s security, were the ones to make the discovery of the human heads and torso in the Santa Elena Norte neighborhood.

The Deputy Attorney General for the region reported that around 11:00 p.m. Saturday, security authorities discovered six black bags containing human remains on Ignacio Pérez Street near La Colmena Park.

The Deputy Attorney General said that the heads and other human fragments are being analyzed in the Forensic Medical Service in Celaya to confirm if they correspond to each other and also to establish the causes of death.

Authorities say they suspect a dispute between fuel theft criminals (huachicoleos) is the reason for the deaths. Fuel theft in Mexico is an ongoing problem for pipeline companies, in particular, Pemex.