The brutality of the ongoing turf war between drug cartels in Mexico knows no bounds.
The 49 mutilated bodies were found on a stretch of highway that runs between Monterrey, the capital of Neuvo Leon state, and the nearby US border. The victims' naked torsos were stuffed into garbage bags with their heads and hands removed.
The bodies have been identified as 43 male and six female bodies.
The bodies showed signs of decay that indicated they may have been dead for days, de la Garza said. He also said there had been no mass disappearances reported in the state, suggesting the victims could have been killed somewhere else.Thousands of Mexico’s drug war victims have never been identified.
The area has been notorious for slayings by the Zetas gang, who have been locked in a bloody conflict with other gangs including the Gulf cartel, their former employers.
A large black "Z 100%" was spray painted on a road sign close to where the bodies were found.
"This is not an attack against the civilian population," Jorge Domene, spokesman for Nuevo Leon state said, and he noted that some of the bodies were tatooed with images of Holy Death, an entity worshipped by many in Mexico's criminal underworld. "That's important to point out."