Several bodies were found hanging from an overpass in Mexico on Thursday evening, according to the Associated Press (AP).
Mexican authorities discovered 10 bodies, 9 of which were hanging from a bridge, in Zacatecas, a battleground for various drug cartels, the AP reported.
Local officials associated the bodies with gang-related killings, with the 10th body being found on a nearby highway, Reuters reported. Officials stated that an “intense investigation” was ongoing at the time of the killings, which were likely linked to a dispute between gangs that usually operate within the area.
Criminal activity has recently escalated in popular tourist areas, such as Quintana Roo, the state where prominent excursion destination Cancun is located, according to Reuters. (RELATED: DEA Stopped Saying ‘Mexican Cartel’ To ‘Appease’ Mexico, Recently Retired Agency Officials Say)
Two cartels, the Sinaloa and Jalisco New Generation cartels, have been in constant conflict with each other as both seek to take control in Zacatecas. The state is a pivotal stop for drugs, including the synthetic pain killer fentanyl, as they are transported and smuggled into the U.S., the AP reported.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Wednesday National Guard troops will begin to permanently post in Cancun as the tourist city saw a sudden uptick in violent crime, according to Reuters.
In September, 10 bodies were found in Zacatecas on an abandoned property in a grave after local police received an anonymous tip, Mexico News Daily reported.