CHILPANCINGO, Mexico – Three bodies wrapped in black plastic bags were found Friday on the highway linking the Mexican capital with the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, official sources told EFE.
Police received a report about the bodies shortly before 7 am, sources in the Guerrero state Attorney General’s Office told EFE.
The bodies of the murdered men were left on a stretch of the Autopista del Sol (Expressway of the Sun) that runs near Chilpancingo, the state capital.
Authorities are still working to identify the victims.
Since the start of the year, dozens of bodies have been dumped on the heavily traveled Autopista del Sol.
Chilpancingo is the scene of a turf war between rival drug trafficking outfits: the Los Jefes criminal organization – previously known as the Los Rojos – and the La Sierra drug cartel.
The state and federal governments have mounted numerous security operations in an attempt to reduce the violence, but to no effect.
Guerrero led Mexico’s 32 states with 550 homicides in the first quarter of 2017, according to statistics from the National Public Safety System.
This month alone, three prominent political figures in Guerrero have been slain and a fourth abducted.
Demetrio Saldivar Gomez, the state leader of the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), was fatally shot Wednesday night as he was driving to his home in Chilpancingo.
The PRD former mayor of the town of Acapetlahuaya, Roger Arellano, was murdered April 9, while Modesto Carranza of Mexico’s ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) was slain the following day.
Catalino Duarte, a PRD member and former congressman, was kidnapped on April 12.