A man was found hanging off a bridge in Tuxpan, a city in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, a spokesman for the state Attorney General’s Office said.
The body of the victim, who was about 20, was found hanging off a pedestrian bridge Saturday morning in Tuxpan’s La Palma de Sedano neighborhood, the AG’s office spokesman said.
“This person was hanging on a rope off the bridge” and had “a cloth over him” with a message, whose content has not been released, the AG’s office spokesman said.
Officials have not said whether the unidentified man had been shot.
Michoacan is dominated by La Familia Michoacana, a criminal organization that has been battling other drug traffickers for turf in recent months.
La Familia Michoacana, which operates in Michoacan, the southern state of Guerrero and the central state of Mexico, which surrounds the Federal District and forms part of the Mexico City metropolitan area, is considered the largest trafficker of synthetic drugs in Mexico.
A suspect in the killings of three police officers, meanwhile, was arrested in the northern state of Chihuahua, the Public Safety Secretariat said, adding that the individual belongs to La Linea, a drug trafficking network linked to the Juarez drug cartel.
Abel Acosta Morales, 18, confessed that he participated in the killings last October of three Federal Police officers, the secretariat said.
The suspect told investigators that he notified other criminals of where the officers were and joined nearly 20 gunmen in kidnapping them, the secretariat said.
Nearly 30 people, according to the latest reports, have been killed so far this weekend in Mexico, which is dealing with its latest wave of violence just days ahead of a high-level U.S.-Mexico gathering to discuss the Merida Initiative.
The Cabinet-level meeting will be led by Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Patricia Espinosa and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The Merida Initiative is a $1.4 billion security pact funded by Washington to support anti-drug efforts in Mexico and Central America.