VERACRUZ, Mexico – Police have found a man's tortured body in Mexico's Gulf coast state of Veracruz.
Municipal police spokeswoman Laura Leon says police discovered the body just before midnight Monday in the city of Boca del Rio. She says the body was gagged, tortured and stuffed in a plastic bag — trademarks of drug gang violence.
Veracruz is one of Mexico's most important ports. Along with nearby Boca del Rio, it has seen increasing drug violence.
In June, gunmen kidnapped a top customs official who had launched a system to check shipping containers at the port. He remains missing.
Drug violence has claimed more than 11,000 lives since President Felipe Calderon took office in December 2006 and launched a nationwide crackdown on cartels.