Authorities found 26 bodies Thursday inside three abandoned vehicles in Guadalajara, Mexico, an official said.
All the victims were men, said Ulises Enríquez, a spokesman for the Jalisco delegation of the Attorney General’s Office.
The vehicles were discovered near a monument on one of the city’s main avenues, the state-run Notimex news agency reported, citing police sources.
In a Twitter post, Jalisco Gov. Emilio Gonzalez, a former mayor of Guadalajara, said he was “appalled and outraged” by the discovery, which came a day after authorities in Sinaloa state found 16 charred bodies inside two trucks that had been set ablaze.
Also Thursday, the Mexican military said it had seized 15 tons of marijuana in a rural area of Jalisco state several hours from the city.
About 43,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence since Mexican President Felipe Calderon announced a crackdown on cartels in December 2006, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.