Mexican forensics chief fired after discovery of truck storing 170 bodies which authorities ran out of space for

A forensics chief in Mexico has been fired after the grisly discovery of a refrigerated truck that spent more than two years full of 170 cadavers after authorities ran out of space in local morgues amid record levels of drug murders. 

Luis Octavio Cotero, the former head of the state of Jalisco’s Forensic Science Institute, warned that there could be at least one more truck containing bodies scattered around the area.

Mr Cotero said he had been made a scapegoat, and said his agency was not responsible for storing the bodies. 

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The trailer came to light Tuesday after it went on a bizarre ten-day road trip around the western state. 

It was first parked outside the forensics centre, near the state capital of Guadalajara, some two years ago, and it is not clear why it was driven off that spot.

Last week it emerged in a warehouse on the outskirts of Guadalajara, where the local mayor complained it was illegally parked. 

It was later seen in a nearby field, where local residents reported putrid smells leaking out. 

Mr Cotero said that the institute he headed doesn’t have the budget to deal with the amount of work that is required as a result of the levels of violence convulsing the state.

Jalisco, which is the heartland of  the Jalisco Cartel New Generation (JCNG), one of the strongest organised crime syndicates in the country, has seen a  a record 16,339 murders so far this year. 

The rise in homicides in the state has been pegged in part to conflict between the JCNG and its parent organisation and now rival, the Sinaloa Cartel – which was originally fronted by Joaquin “el Chapo” Guzman, now awaiting trial in the United States. 

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