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At least 160 bodies were found in Mexico dumped in mass graves in the state of Veracruz. That`s according to an announcement by officials on Thursday. They also said investigators were clued in on the location of the graves after being given an anonymous tip in early August. State attorney general Jorge Winckler said he supervised a 30-day search.
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> Human remains of at least 166 people have been found. That's the number that's been identified on the basis of skulls that have been discovered in 32 parts of the search area.>> He also said that the bodies were likely to have been there for at least two years.
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However, he did not disclose the exact location of the graves, citing personal security reasons. Winckler called on residents with missing family members to do DNA tests in an effort to identify some of the bodies. Last year, another mass grave was found in Veracruz containing the remains of more than 250 bodies, where officials said that drug gangs bury their victims as punishment.
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Veracruz is an important trafficking route for drug gangs, moving narcotics north towards the US border. More than 30,000 people were murdered in the country in the last year, following a decade of military-led wars against drug cartels.