As reported by ABC News
, the dismembered bodies of 17 men were found on a farm in a part of central Mexico on Sunday. They were dumped near a highway in the town of Tizapan el Alto
, located in central western Mexico, a disputed land by violent drug cartels. State prosecutor Tomas Coronado Olmos, has released little information but, has said the men were naked, mutilated and staked with chains around their necks. It also appears the men were killed some place else and brought to the location where they were found.
"Our border regions with other states are vulnerable to this kind of action and the dumping of bodies," the prosecutor said.
Mexican authorities have yet to say who is presumed to be behind the killings however, the area is a well known cartel battleground as the battle for control over trafficking continues. Most recently, 16 bodies were found in Tamaulipas
,located in northeastern Mexico, just after the arrest of one of the region's top drug bosses Gulf Cartel head, Eduardo Costilla Sanchez
. As these events happened on Friday, last Monday a shootout between local police and an armed convoy left two people dead and two injured near the border between Jalisco and Michoacan. Many gruesome crimes have been committed leaving the death toll rising, with more than 47,000 people killed since December 2006 due to drug violence.