11 Died in Michoacan, western Mexico

Federal police members are guarding at a checkpoint in Reynosa, the border city of Tamaulipas, Mexico, on April 6, 2018. (Julio Cesar Aguilar / AFP via Getty Images)

Mexico City — Police found the bodies of 11 men on bullets in western Michoacan. There, several drug cartels are fighting a bloody lawn battle.

Prosecutors said late Monday that the body was found near the town of Tarekato in northern Michoacan near the border with Jalisco.

Prosecutors said the murder seemed to have happened late Monday. Investigators found a truck and three motorcycles on the scene, but did not immediately identify the dead.

Jalisco has a drug cartel of the same name that is trying to expand the territory of Michoacan. Local gangsters in Michoacan have been repelling invasions for several years.

Tarekato is not far from Michoacan’s avocado producing area, and not far from the town of La Barca, where a secret mass grave was found. Michoacan is one of the most violent states in Mexico.

The port of Lazaro Cardenas in Michoacan is valued by the cartel as a gateway to precursor chemicals from China used to produce methamphetamine and fentanyl. Michoacan’s avocado orchards are also a major target for blackmail, and past cartels have mined Michoacan’s iron ore deposits and exported them to China.

Associated Press