Mexicans suspect government has lost control of state as mass grave count grows

San Fernando--As the body count from a mass grave in Mexico grows, police officers were detained on suspicion of protecting the drug cartel that did it, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

The New York Times said authorities in the state of Tamaulipas are being bought off or terrorized, with 16 police officers arrested in connection with killings and kidnappings.

Families have been flooding morgues in search of missing friends and family members after a total of 145 corpses have been recovered from a mass grave in San Fernando, reported the New York Times.

In addition to the one found with 72 bodies last year, this discovery has contributed to the belief that the Mexican government has no control over the state of Tamaulipas, said the New York Times.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported that authorities believe the Zetas, a gang, are kidnapping men travelling north on buses to force them to work for them or for ransom.

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