Authorities in the popular Mexican resort of Cancun are investigating the discovery of eight bodies dumped in the area. The bodies were found over the weekend in various locations, including wooded lots and sinkhole ponds, and searches are ongoing.
While clandestine grave sites are unfortunately common in Mexico, it is unusual for them to be discovered in Cancun, which is a major tourist destination.
Drug cartels often use these dumping grounds to dispose of their victims, and several cartels are currently fighting for control of the lucrative drug trade on the Caribbean coast.
The discovery of the bodies highlights the ongoing violence in the region, which has included recent killings and disputes related to drug gang rivalries. The authorities have pledged to carry out further searches and identifications in an effort to bring justice to the victims and their families.