Three human heads were found in the streets of a once-bustling tourist resort in Mexico that has descended into a drug cartel war zone.
Acapulco, dubbed the 'Pearl of the Pacific', is now one of the most dangerous cities in Mexico. The latest data ranks it 10th in terms of homicide rates worldwide.
MILENIO reports the latest grisly discovery came last Saturday (October 14). Two limbs were discovered first before bags containing more human remains were reported to authorities. The plastic bags contained three human heads.
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Authorities cordoned off the streets where the body parts were found in Acapulco's Bellavista and Laja neighbourhoods. They also conducted a number of operations in the region after the discoveries.
A number of drug cartels are known to operate around Acapulco and in the state of Guerrero. Guerrero is on the US government's "do not travel to" list due to the soaring cartel-related crime there.
The US State Department says: "Crime and violence are widespread. Armed groups operate independently of the government in many areas of Guerrero. Members of these groups frequently maintain roadblocks and may use violence towards travellers. US citizens and LPRs have been victims of kidnapping in previous years." The UK government "advises against all but essential travel to the state of Guerrero" on the same grounds.
Acapulco is a far cry from what it was in the 20th century, when Hollywood's biggest stars frequented its stunning beaches. Both Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley had hits singing about the resort, and it was where John F Kennedy and his bride Jackie honeymooned in 1953.
"The resort is becoming the new sun spa for the international big rich and their attendant swingers," Time magazine reported in 1966.
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