Officials in the northern Mexican state of Durango have found the tortured remains of four men and a woman in the latest gruesome drug-related crime wave gripping the country.
"At a glance one could see several lesions on the surface of the bodies," AFP cited a brief statement released by the state of Durango prosecutor's office on Friday.
The office refused to comment on local media reports that police discovered the mutilated bodies in 12 black bags.
Durango state, located near the Pacific coast, is the scene of a bloody turf war involving the remnants of the Beltran Leyva cartel, the Sinaloa cartel and the Zetas.
Drug violence has reportedly killed more than 50,000 people since former President Felipe Calderon launched an offensive against Mexico's cartels, when he took office in December 2006.