Mexican authorities responding to complaints of a nasty smell have found dozens of bodies buried in a well, the BBC reports. Uncovered earlier this month in the western state of Jalisco, the remains were mostly cut up and distributed between 119 black bags. Authorities have managed to identify 44 of them by piecing together body parts. “It saddens me to speak in this way, but society has a right to know what is happening,” said a Jalisco official, per Fox News. Authorities say this might be linked to six bodies found at an organized crime safehouse last month.
It also recalls the May discovery of at least 34 victims on two Jalisco properties. About 40,000 people have vanished during Mexico’s 13-year drug war, many of them turning up in mass graves throughout the countryside. More than 15 burial sites have emerged in the state capital of Guadalajara alone, per the Sun. One of Mexico’s most powerful crime groups, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, operates there and apparently focuses on the profitable methamphetamine market. Rolling Stone reported two years ago that they might have $20 billion at their disposal.