Bodies of 14 Individuals Found Dead in Cabo

James Hills

Fourteen bodies have been found in Cabo, Mexico, and authorities believe they're linked to a deadly drug epidemic.

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The bodies of 11 men and three women were discovered near a highway outside of the two main resort areas in San Jose del Cabo, at the southern tip of the baja peninsula, according to Fox News. Sources claim the bodies are related to "rival drug gang" issues – something that has been rampant in recent years. The Baja California Sur state prosecutors office said that authorities are running DNA tests on the bones to identify the remains. In addition, a forensic team is also looking for more remains near the same location.

In the past three years, the murder rate has increased drastically due to a "spike in violence in the municipality of Los Cabos." The towns in this areas saw upwards of 144 murders last year, which is more than five times the amount from the previous year.

The bodies are usually discovered in what's known as "mass graves," and are most prevalent in towns including Veracruz, Morelos, Guerrero and Tamaulipas. An estimated 30,000 individuals have been found due to drug-related instances since this issue became widespread in 2007.

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In March of this year, six bodies were found in a similar fashion and with traces of drugs on them. In April, Mexican drug cartel boss Alfredo Beltran Leyva, also known as Mochomo, was sentenced to life in prison for moving a substantial amount of cocaine and other drugs into the U.S.