(MEXICO CITY) -- The bodies of some two dozen people were found, most of them decapitated and many bearing notes, in the Mexican resort city of Acapulco on Saturday. Some of the notes identified the dead as extortionists and claimed responsibilities for the killings on behalf of the Sinaloa drug cartel.
The Los Angeles Times reports most of the bodies were found away from the city's central market area, which rival gangs are fighting to control.
The Sinaloa cartel may be trying to move in on the territory of its rival, the Beltran Leyva gang, which appears weakened by the recent deaths and captures of some of its leaders. The Times says the Leyva operation has been the top drug operation in Acapulco but may now be struggling, making the area ripe for takeover. Nationwide, the Times says the Sinaloa cartel is the strongest in Mexico.
Officials say all of the victims were men under the age of 30.
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