Nine people were murdered in the western Mexican state of Michoacan amid an ongoing turf war between rival drug cartels, authorities said Thursday.
The bodies of seven people were found in the Pacific port city of Lazaro Cardenas, while the other two victims were dumped in Benito Juarez.
The latest deaths bring to twenty-four the number of men slain over forty-eight hours in Michoacan.
The Jalisco Nueva Generacion mob is responsible for the murders.
With more than 168 miles of Pacific coastline, Michoacan also has forests and mountain areas that give perfect cover for drug production and smuggling. Illegal drugs are smuggled from Central America into Michoacan and then later moved into the United States.