Locals have long suspected the site where the skulls were found was used as a clandestine dumping ground for the bodies of organized-crime victims.
“For many years, the drug cartels disappeared people and the authorities were complacent,” Winckler said In an interview with the Televisa network, in apparent reference to the administration of fugitive former Gov. Javier Duarte and his predecessors.
Duarte resigned as governor two months before his term ended last year and disappeared.
He faces charges that include money laundering and organized crime and officials have accused him thoroughly looting state coffers.
Winckler said that resources needed for DNA tests in criminal investigation had vanished, leaving officials to depend on help from the federal government and groups such as the Red Cross.”