Officials: 'Zeta Killers' kill 32 more in Mexico

October 7, 2011 - 10:30 AM

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican marines say a drug gang is responsible for the slaying of 32 people whose bodies were found at three houses in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz.

Navy spokesman Jose Luis Vergara says the New Generation gang also killed 35 people whose bodies were dumped in the city of Veracruz last month. That brings the group's known total to 67 killed so far in the state.

Vergara says that marines arrested eight members of the gang Thursday, and the suspects told them where the bodies were hidden. The gang adopted the nickname "Zeta Killers."

Vergara said marines also arrested 12 members of the rival Zetas gang, including a man alleged to be their operations leader in Veracruz.

(This version CORRECTS that the bodies were found in the city of Veracruz, not the capital. )