Mexican authorities find remains of 240 people who were dissolved in barrels of acid and then buried in trenches by a lone hitman
Believed t o be the work of a single professional killer José Santiago Meza López, aka ‘El Pozolero’
‘El Pozolero’ or ‘The Soup Maker’ got his nickname for his method of using acid to dissolve victims in barrels and pouring remains into pits
The hitman was arrested in 2009 for 300 murders and confessed to disposing hundreds of victims’ bodies
Authorities in Mexico estimate he could have killed 650 people judging by amount of organic material, discovered buried in mass graves in Tijuana
Police believe the mass graves found in an area of Tijuana known as ‘The Chicken Coop’, in the Mexican state of Baja California, are the work of Lopez
The hitman allegedly, worked for the Sinaloa Drug Cartel in Mexico
Meza Lopez ‘The Soup Maker, accused of being responsible for the killings, was arrested in 2009 and has been attributed with the murder of at least 300 people by a prosecutor, but is still awaiting sentencing
Mexican authorities say the burial area in Tijuana used by Sinaloa Drug Cartel hitman, SJosé Santiago Meza López, aka ‘El Pozolero’ [center], contains the remains of as many as 650 victims
Mexican police announced they have found the remains of at least 240 people thought to have been killed by a single hitman who used acid to dissolve his victims in barrels before dumping them in mass graves.
This preferred method earned Sinaloa Drug Cartel hitman, Santiago Meza Lopez, the nickname of The Soup Maker’.
Investigators believe there could be as many as 650 victims buried in mass graves uncovered in a notorious area of Tijuana, in the state of Baja, California used by the killer.
Authorities believe the area was used as a human dumping ground by Santiago Meza Lopez, also known as El Pozolero, who is known to have worked as a human eraser for the Sinaloa Drug Cartel in Mexico.
Incredibly large volume of human bone fragments found among the stones and rocks in the Soup Maker’s human disposal area in Tijuana
Meza Lopez, the suspected professional assassin responsible for the killings, was arrested in 2009 and has been attributed with the murder of at least 300 people by a prosecutor, but is still awaiting sentencing.
Lopez is alleged to have put their bodies in barrels of acid before pouring the remains and the acid into the pits to dissolve the flesh and bone underground.
Workers have so far found 16,500 litres of organic material and between 170 and 200 kilograms of human bones at the alleged killing grounds.
Authorities have estimated there could be up to 650 people buried at the site.
The human remains were found in an area known as The Chicken Coop in Tijuana, in the Mexican state of Baja California.
Bone fragments are laid out on a blue cover [photo], which sits inside an archaeological dig case. Workers have so far found 16,500 litres of organic material and between 170 and 200 kilograms of human bones at the alleged killing grounds.
Investigators pile their way through the soil which contains the remains of those believed to have been killed by ‘Tthe Soup Maker’, real name José Santiago Meza López
The team of workers carefully excavated bone fragments from the soil, that were then brushed down and placed in a surprisingly large pile on at the burial sites in Tijuana.
The team to date has found 16,500 litres of organic material, as well as, an estimated 170 to 200 kilograms of human bones at the alleged killing grounds.
Judging by the volume of organic matter so far recovered, authorities think there could be up to 650 people buried on the site.
‘El Pozolero’ Lopez allegedly hid his kills in mass graves spread over an area known as The Chicken Coop in Tijuana, in the Mexican state of Baja California, including this site
Digging at the site has been ongoing since the start of the decade after Lopez was put into custody pending his trial. Judging by ‘the 16,500 litres of organic material [recovered]’, the Federal Attorney General’s Office said , ‘there could be up to 650 bodies,’ at the burial sites.
Empasizindg the scope of the find, Fernando Ocegueda Flores, the president of the United for the Disappeared of Baja California association, told reporters: “These are those bodies we bagged on the last occasion. There are almost complete bodies”.
In January 2009 Mexican police arrested Santiago Meza Lopez on suspicion of helping a drug kingpin dispose of hundreds of victims. The victims are believed to be rivals of Teodoro Garcia Simental, an alleged former lieutenant of the Tijuana-based Arellano Felix drug cartel, authorities said.
Lopez was forced into admittance in 2011, after prosecutors unearthed fat, skin and bones at properties in the Mexican border city of Tijuana once used by The Soup Maker. He then admitted to dissolving the bodies of drug cartel victims. back then Fernando Ocegueda insisted there was reason to believe the remains belong to victims of cartel body-handler Santiago Meza Lopez.
After his arrest Lopez described how he disposed of the bodies, while claiming he was on a retainership of only $620 a week, for his gruesome work.
Lopez was arrested after cadaver dogs sniffed out the remains of a ‘Missing’ in the basement of a house he used to own. A search of that one property in 2011, led to the dicovery of the remains of 70 people
Bone fragments were pulled from the soil, brushed down and placed in a pile on some blue fabric at the burial sites in Tijuana
The Sinaloa Cartelis an international drug trafficking, money laundering, and organized crime syndicate. Established during the mid-1980s, the Sinaloa Cartel is based primarily in the city of Culiacan, Sinaloa, with operations in the Mexican states of Baja California, Durango, Sonora, and Chihuahua.