Eight dead bodies were wrapped in plastic bags, secured with tape and left in a van along a highway between Mexico City and Acapulco in the Mexican state of Guerrero.
The bodies, all men, were discovered around midnight Sunday. Six of the bodies were covered with sheets and two were partially uncovered with their faces exposed.
The men were determined to have died from suffocation. The victims were aged 25-35 and likely suffered torture, according to Roberto Alvarez, a spokesman for Coordination Guerrero, an entity that works with state and federal law enforcement.
In Mexico, where corruption and greed lead to rampant crime and drug wars, Guerrero is home to criminal groups tied to the poppy trade. Between turf wars and battles with the government, it has become a very unsafe place to live or visit.
In September 2014, 43 students went missing there and an investigation found that Municipal, state and federal police were involved in the incident. Only some parts of one of the students were ever identified.
That is not unusual for the state, where grisly discoveries of mass graves and beheaded bodies are common as the cartels fight for control.
The opium produced in the poppies is a necessary component in heroin. Heroin use and addiction is a terrible problem as cartels continue to increase production in Mexico for distribution in the United States.
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