Last week, police discovered a mass grave right near an incredibly populated tourist beach, near the resort of San Jose del Cabo. Several days later, they recovered two more heads along the beach, both believed to be victims of drug cartels. The heads were found in the sand, sending tourists into panic.
Police say in the last two years there has been an incredible spike in violence in the neighborhood of del Cabo, with murder rates rising despite its popular location.
Several mass graves have been discovered in the surrounding desert areas, with more than a dozen bodies in each one.
The Daily Mail reports:
The murder rate has surged in Baja California Sur in the past three years due to a spike in violence in the municipality of Los Cabos, which includes the towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo.
The number of murders in the first four months of the year increased more than five times from the same period last year to 144, according to government data.
Mass graves, some with hundreds of bodies, have been discovered around Mexico in the states that have been hardest hit by drug violence, such as Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Morelos and Guerrero.
The most recent atrocities are believed to have been carried out by members of the Sinaloa cartel who control the area.
Some 30,000 people have disappeared in Mexico since drug violence increased sharply around 2007.
More than 150,000 have been killed since then, when former president Felipe Calderon sent the army out to battle drug gangs.