Mexican forensic workers load an embalmed body into a forensic vehicle. (File photo)
The bodies of 17 men have been found dumped along a highway in the western Mexican state of Jalisco, state officials say.
Jalisco state prosecutor Tomas Coronado said on Sunday that the bodies, most of them tied up in chains and shot dead, were found on the Guadalajara-Morelia highway, near the border with Michoacan state, AFP reported
Coronado said the men may have been murdered in Michoacan and dumped in Jalisco by members of a drug cartel. Jalisco and Michoacan are among the states most ravaged by the country's drug violence.
In May, the remains of 18 people were found in two SUVs near Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco, home to Nueva Generacion cartels.
On August 20, soldiers patrolling on a rural road in the state of Michoacan discovered a mass grave containing the remains of six to nine people. La Familia and its offshoot Knights Templar drug cartels are based in Michoacan.
Around 60,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence across Mexico since 2006, when the military was ordered to take the lead in a crackdown against the country’s powerful drug cartels.