15 Bodies Dumped at Mexico Gas Station
Cartels at war again in Michoacan
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 10, 2012 3:53 AM CST
Police stand outside the gas station forecourt where 15 bodies were dumped.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – The drug war appears to be heating up again in Mexican President Felipe Calderon's home state. Some 15 semi-naked bodies were found in a pile outside a gas station in Zitacuaro, Michoacan state, the BBC reports. All of the victims were male and three were minors. Police say threatening messages were left next to the bodies, which showed signs of torture.

The state had been relatively peaceful after police killed the boss of La Familia cartel in December 2010, but the remnants of that cartel are now at war with an offshoot calling itself the Knights Templar, reports the Los Angeles Times. The Times notes that in less troubled times, Zitacuaro was primarily known for tourists who would gather to watch the annual migration of monarch butterflies.

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saucier111
Jan 10, 2012 2:41 PM CST
Our politicians in America do not give a shit about people lives and have not for a very long time, it's all about the dollar.
Disillusioned
Jan 10, 2012 10:42 AM CST
Were the perps attempting to redeem the corpses for a refund????
getherdone
Jan 10, 2012 10:29 AM CST
What a corrupt place.