The badly beaten bodies of seven men were found dumped Thursday in the Mexican region of Huasteca, a scenic coastal destination popular among tourists.
The corpses were also discovered with a disturbing message on them.
“This happened to me for working with the Gulf,” read the warning scribbled on the bodies, in an apparent reference to the ultra-violent Gulf Cartel that operates primarily along the northern US border.
The messages were signed “Valles Operation OB”, apparently a reference to a rival gang.
San Luis Potosi state prosecutors said last week the bodies did not appear to be from Aquismon Township, where they were discovered Thursday, and may have been killed elsewhere and dumped along a road in the rural area.
Photos of the bodies showed numerous bruises on the corpses, suggesting the victims had been beaten.
The Huasteca region has long been popular with Mexican tourists for its waterfalls and crystal clear rivers.
Last month, the US Department of Justice announced the extradition of former Gulf Cartel leader Mario Cardenas-Guillen, 57, to Texas on drug trafficking charges stemming from an indictment 2012 federal.
“For decades, the Gulf Cartel has used intimidation and extreme violence to maintain control of its territories in northeastern Mexico and smuggle deadly drugs into communities across the states. States,” said DEA Administrator Anne Milgram.
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