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Cartel ‘Stew Maker’ dissolved 300 bodies in acid – only teeth were left behind

A man linked to the Sinaloa Cartel was dubbed 'the Stew Maker' after dissolving more than 300 murdered bodies in acid.

The organised crime syndicate is considered to be the world's most powerful and largest drug trafficking organisation and has controlled large parts of Mexico since the 1980s.

Santiago Meza Lopez – or 'the Stew Maker' – was first captured in 2009 and confessed to his role in helping the cartel dispose of human bodies.

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Following his arrest, he revealed that he was working on a farm in 1996 when they first experimented with acid.

Gang members combined water and acid in a barrel before dropping a leg of meat in it to sit for two hours.

After the leg of meat successfully dissolved, the cartel later returned with a human body.

He explained: "They called me again and told me that now they were going to experiment with human flesh."

Despite allegedly telling cartel bosses that he didn't want to be involved, Lopez continued to dissolve bodies and even trained others to do the same.

Since his arrest, family members of the victims have banded together to encourage police to identify the remains left over at the site at La Gallera, which is known as 'the Chicken Coop'.

According to reports, between 170kg and 200kg of human remains have been found there since its discovery. It is feared that the remains of up to 650 victims could be at the site in Tijuana.

In a 2019 interview with YouTuber Shaun Attwood, an ex-cartel weapons officer explained how they got rid of the victims with little trace.

He said: "This guy got to the point where he dissolved 300 bodies – that's his estimate.

"They [officials] were going through the backyard, it says in a lot of files, looking for people and they just find the fillings of a tooth which wouldn't dissolve in acid. It's crazy and scary to say the least.

"They'd kill people in another location and transport the bodies. This guy would put them in 55-gallon drums, which are like oil barrels that you'd see on adverts.

"He'd then stir them every so often so the bodies would start dissolving. This guy just had a house full of barrels."

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