Woman and 3 men found decapitated in city ravaged by deadly cartel violence

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Four people – one woman and three men – have been found decapitated in a city ravaged by drug cartel violence.

Authorities in Pénjamo, a city in the Mexican state of Guanajuato, received a call just before 7pm on Monday reporting that a dead body could be seen through the window of a home four blocks away from the city centre.

When the Municipal Police, military and National Guard arrived at the scene they found three decapitated men.

The body of the woman was also found, decapitated, with her hands and feet wrapped in packing tape.

On Tuesday, authorities released the names of the four victims.

Arturo Ulises Ayala Hernández, 20, had been reported missing on January 12.

Dorian, 23, (whose full name wasn't released) and 47-year-old Juan Carlos Rocha Reyes were the other two men.

The woman – 27-year-old Mayra Isabel Martínez Juarez – was believed to be the owner of the home where they bodies were found.

The state of Guanajuato is one of several in Mexico experiencing high levels of drug cartel violence.

The area had previously seen a bloody turf war between the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel (CSRL) and the Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG).

According to Borderland Beat, reports in June last year suggested that the CJNG had managed to wrest control of the state.

However, the violence did not come to an end as the group continued to wage war against any drug dealers associated with rival gangs.

Borderland Beat also reports there were "proven indications" that the Sinaloa Cartel – generally considered the largest drug-trafficking organisation in Mexico – were present in four of the state's municipalities last year.

According to elcri.men, the latest available data suggests that Guanajuato ranks seventh out of Mexico's 32 states in terms of homicide rates.

Drug-related homicides have increased year on year in Mexico since 2015.

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