Police: Gang Was Killing People For Fat, Attempting To Sell It To Cosmetic Companies

Police in Peru say that they’ve caught a group that was allegedly killing people and harvesting their fat to sell to Europeans who wanted it for cosmetics.

The Independent points out that human fat is readily available from liposuction, should anyone want it, and that it doesn’t really do anything special for your skin. Police however, maintain that they’ve busted just one of several “international criminal network[s] trafficking human fat”.

“We have broken up a criminal organisation dedicated to trafficking bodily fluids and human fat,” said local police commander Angel Toledo, on Thursday. The large containers of illicit fat were latter decanted into bottles for export, he added.

“Without a doubt [the gang] have committed various crimes like kidnapping and conspiring to commit criminal acts. [They] have spoken about how they committed crimes with the purpose of extracting their fat in rudimentary laboratories to later sell for the price of $15,000 (£9,000) per litre.”

Whether or not they were actually able to sell said fat to mysterious evil Europeans has not been established. It does seem however, that they were actually harvesting it.

Regardless of their commercial success, the gang seems, at the very least, to have perfected the art of fat-extraction. Two of Col Meija’s suspects, Serapio Marcos Veramendi and Enedina Estela were arrested at a bus stop in Huanuco province carrying soft-drink bottles filled with an amber liquidised substance that lab tests later showed was liquidised human fat.

The duo claim to have been en route to Lima, roughly 300 miles south, where the contents of the bottles were to be sold to intermediaries. A further six of their alleged accomplices, including two members of the Italian mafia, and the organisation’s alleged leader, Hilario Cudena, 56, remain at large.


Peruvian gang ‘killed peasant farmers for their fat’
[Independent]

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  1. ohenry says:

    Teehee — they “remain at large”.

  2. thefranchise2 says:

    It puts the lotion in the basket.

  3. ihatephonecompanies says:

    Yep, because when I’m harvesting fat, Peruvian peasant farmers immediately come to mind as a high-yield source…

  4. G.O.B.: Come on! says:

    Tyler sold his soap to department stores at $20 a bar. Lord knows what they charged. It was beautiful; we were selling rich women their own fat asses back to them.

  5. Nintenboy01 says:

    Oh Lawd… What are these other “bodily fluids” they traffic? I hope it’s just blood…

  6. laserjobs says:

    I wonder if they were staking out the local WalMart because that is where I would go if I was looking for fatties.

  7. Charmander says:

    Nope. Not real. Find me a place that would pay $15,000 for a liter of human fat – who???

  8. HIcycles says:

    Wouldn’t it be more financially viable to:

    - Confine them in an all you can eat paradise
    – When they’re ripe, knock em out with gas
    – suck the fat out of them
    – repeat.

    I mean, if you kidnap ‘em and kill ‘em, eventually, you’ll run out of resources (assuming you’re killing ‘em faster than they can reproduce).

  9. PølάrβǽЯ says:

    Hell, if they bring me a fifth of good Vodka and some sharp scalpels, they can have all of my fat.

  10. Preyfar says:

    Cash4Fat. Receive patented envelop, stuff with fat, mail, profit.

  11. james says:

    Does this mean that someone will offer me a free liposuction simply to be able to sell the fat they remove?

  12. cmdrsass says:

    Human fat for cosmetics is readily available in large quantities. Ask any plastic surgeon. There’s no evidence that these Peruvians ever sold any human fat. They’re just batshit insane.

  13. Snowblind says:

    A certain German dictator required it for his skin rejuvenation treatments…

  14. JulesNoctambule says:

    I saw the headline on the BBC webpage and didn’t click. Now I see it was about exactly what I thought it would be about. Glad I’ve already eaten.

  15. ChrisC1234 says:

    I’m thinking I’d be glad to sell someone a litre of my fat for $15,000. I’m sure it would more than pay for the lipo required to get it.

  16. SaraFimm says:

    I can turn my fat into soap?

    What a clean way to lose weight!

  17. evilpete says:

    looking forward to waking up in a bathtub in tijuana mexico after being drugged then liposuctioned

  18. yume_ryuu says:

    Ewww

  19. rickn99 says:

    The first rule of Fat Club is you don’t talk about Fat Club!

  20. tankertodd says:

    Truthiness Meter not moving much on this one. Chucacabra approves.

  21. Joe_TheRapist says:

    I am Jack’s Utter Lack of Suprise

  22. sashazur says:

    This whole story really is pegging my B.S.-ometer.

  23. jenjen says:

    Whoa, I would really be worth my weight in gold in Peru!

  24. Mecharine says:

    This is a cover up. If you know the history of Peru’s police , you’ll know that the people the gang “killed” were most likely killed by the police. The fact that they are insinuating that these “gangsters” are mythical creatures from Peruvian history makes it even more suspicious.

  25. nbs2 says:

    I make my own fat at home.

    Wait. That sounds reasonable.

  26. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

    Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait….

    I can sell my fat??

  27. dunkmoxx says:

    ew

  28. brain_grenade says:

    @diasdiem: Excellent.

  29. humphrmi says:

    @diasdiem: Me alegro de que Google Translate existe, de lo contrario no podría decir que mis caballos se están comiendo el guacamole.

  30. Toffeecake says:

    @diasdiem: Hooooooooh yeah…. Although, I go to fairs primarily for the corn cobs.

  31. courtarro says:

    @gStein_wondering if this will work: Just make sure not to talk about it.

  32. VagrantRadio says:

    @gStein_wondering if this will work: or write a book about it, perhaps?

  33. TechnoDestructo says:

    @pecan 3.14159265:

    The disappearance of many fat Americans would be noticed by changes in Earth’s gravitational field.

  34. eelmonger says:

    @courtarro: It’s even better if you have two gullible clone sons to get more permanent replacements.

  35. nycdesigner says:

    @TechnoDestructo: Actually, poor people are overwhelmingly fat because of the low-quality, high-carb diet they consume.

  36. henrygates says:

    @humphrmi: Really…it seems like that’s something you can easily make yourself for free.