The bodies of 44 missing people have been found buried in a well in an area of Mexico notorious for brutal drug cartel executions.
The grim discovery was made after locals in Jalisco state complained of a foul smell and when the well was dug up, the remains were found stuffed into 119 black bags.
Jalisco is home some of Mexico’s most ruthless drug gangs and this is the second major find of bodies there this year.
According to the BBC, most of the bodies were cut up, so authorities had to piece together different parts in order to identify them.
The corpses were discovered near a half built stable on a nine acre site surrounded by trees, which local media said had been abandoned years ago.
For several days there was “a plague of flies” around the well and the smell became unbearable after the September rains.
Local media report that spokesman for the local authorities said “many of those we have found in the graves have a criminal record”.
The site is 35 minutes drive from Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco state, a city where so far this year more than 15 burial sites, some holding dozens of bodies, have been discovered.
Last month, Jalisco New Generation Cartel(CJNG) drug cartel, which is among Mexico’s most powerful, released shocking footage of a rival gangster being interrogated and then slaughtered.
In the video, a group of ten alleged gang members wearing military-style combat gear and armed with rifles surround a captured man from a rival drug gang.
According to local media reports, the half-naked man is said to be Aldolfo Mendoza Valencia, aka ‘El Michoacano’, who is one of the leaders of a rival gang the Santa Rosa de Lima cartel in the Valle de Santiago.
Led by Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, aka El Mencho, the CJNG are currently fighting a number of rival cartels for control of Guadalajara.
The CJNG reportedly specialise in the lucrative market for methamphetamine and some experts believe they have a £15 billion war chest, Rolling Stone reports.
After the capture and jailing of El Chapo, he has become the US authorities top cartel target.
The rival cartel was started by two former CJNG members in 2018 when its co-founder Erick Valencia Salazar and another high ranking leader Carlos Enrique Sanchez left.
The Jalisco cartel are also believed to be responsible for the beheading of nine people, whose naked bodies were dangled from a bridge.
Shocked cops found nine bodies hanging from the overpass alongside a massive banner threatening other drug gangs.
While the banner was not completely legible, it bore the initials of the Jalisco drug cartel, and mentioned the Viagras – a rival gang.
“Be a patriot, kill a Viagra,” the banner read in part.
The murders, which happened in the next-door state of Michoacan, marked a return to the grisly massacres carried out by drug cartels at the height of Mexico’s 2006-2012 drug war.
According to local human rights organizations, in recent years more than 8,000 people have disappeared in Jalisco.
The surge in disappearances marks a frightening development in a country where more than 40,000 people have been reported missing since 2006.