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Mexican authorities find 2 human heads inside cooler in resort city of Cabo San Lucas

June 13, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican authorities find 2 human heads inside cooler in resort city of Cabo San Lucas

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Law enforcement officials in Mexico have found two human heads in a cooler near the city of Cabo San Lucas, in the peninsula of Baja California. The discovery was made days after the state prosecutor’s office said two dismembered corpses were discovered in another cooler in the area.

Police also recovered at least 18 bodies in clandestine mass graves in the area after days of excavation efforts.

The remains of 13 men and five women were found from 12 graves off a road that spans between the Cabo Pulmo nature reserve and the San Jose del Cabo resort.

Law enforcement attributed the recent slaying to a turf war between drug cartels around the region surrounding Cabo San Lucas.

Mexican authorities warned more than 144 people have been murdered amid the violence

Officials believe the violence is tied to the Sinaloa, Jalisco New  Generation, and Tijuana cartels.

According to the Mexican news site Milenio, concerns are growing that the recent increase in violence might impact tourism in the area, which is best known for its beaches and nightlife.

This is not the first time that dismembered remains concealed in coolers have been recovered in Mexico.

In 2015, the butchered remains of a female assassin believed to be working for Los Ciclones, one faction of the Gulf Cartel, was found in a beer cooler in Matamoros.

Roughly 30,000 individuals have disappeared in Mexico since the drug war grew out of control in 2007.

The disappearance of 43 college students in 2014 from Iguala, in the state of Guerrero, shed light on the severity of violence in the region.

18 bodies were recovered from a mass grave in Cabo San Lucas last week

The students, who attended the Ayotzinapa Teacher Training College, went missing after setting up a protest against what they perceived to be an unfair hiring process for teachers, which favored urban candidates over rural ones.

The government revealed that the students were kidnapped and handed over to the Guerrero Unidos cartel, who killed them and burned their bodies.

In 2014, an Austrian forensics lab classified the body of one of the students, whose body parts were discovered at a dump.

Approximately 80 people, 44 of whom were police officers, have been taken into custody in connection with the disappearance.

The students’ disappearance resulted in violent rallies across Mexico, with people protesting against corruption and calling for President Pena Nieto to resign.

In 2016, the drug war in Mexico was ranked as the second deadliest conflict in the world, with only the war in Syria being identified as worse. This suggests that Mexico has experienced levels of violence much more extreme than that of Iraq, Yemen, or Afghanistan.

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