MEXICO CITY (AP) — Police have found the bullet-riddled bodies of five men and six boys in Mexico’s western state of Michoacan, where several drug cartels have been fighting bloody turf battles.

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Police have found the bullet-riddled bodies of five men and six boys in Mexico’s western state of Michoacan, where several drug cartels have been fighting bloody turf battles.

State prosecutors said late Monday that the 11 bodies were found near the town of Tarecuato, in the northern part of Michoacan, near the border with Jalisco state. The dead were between 15 and 36 years old.

Prosecutors said the murders appear to have taken place on Monday evening. Investigators found a truck and three motorcycles at the scene, but did not immediately identify the dead men.

The state of Jalisco is home to the drug cartel of the same name, which is trying to expand its territory into Michoacan. Local Michoacan gangs have been fighting incursions for several years.

Tarecuato is not far from the avocado-producing region of Michoacan and is also not far from the town of La Barca, where clandestine mass graves have been discovered. Michoacan is one of the half-dozen most violent Mexican states.

Michoacan’s seaport, Lazaro Cardenas, is seen by cartels as an entry point for precursor chemicals from China used to manufacture methamphetamine and fentanyl. The state’s avocado orchards are also a prime target for extortion, and cartels have in the past mined iron ore deposits in Michoacan for export to China.

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