Police Find 5 Severed Heads In Northern Mexico

Published January 8, 2012 4:18AM (EST)

PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Mexico (AP) — Authorities in northern Mexico say police have found five severed human heads at several points around the city of Torreon accompanied by threatening message referring to drug gangs.

Coahuila state prosecutors spokesman Fernando Olivas says the male heads were tucked inside bags along with handwritten notes attached. He hasn't revealed the exact messages.

Olivas says the slain men's bodies have not yet been located. The heads were found late Friday and early Saturday.

Authorities say the Zetas and the Sinaloa drug cartels are fighting each other over control of smuggling routes in the state of Coahuila.

By Salon Staff

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