|Gruesome ... victims of Mexico's deadly drug cartels|
They had all been executed with a single bullet.
Their crimes - begging and washing car windscreens at traffic lights.
Notices pinned to the corpses with ice-picks warned the same would happen to "muggers, car thieves and burglars as well as kidnappers, rapists and blackmailers”.
They are the latest victims of a drug gang called the Knights Templar - one of many cartels enforcing their own vigilante laws in a country with one of the highest crime rates in the world.
According to recent figures, drug violence has claimed more than 70,000 lives in Mexico over the last seven years - and the murder rate is on a dramatic rise.
The crime problem is so bad, foreign visitors are being warned to stay away from many parts of the country - which shares a 2,000-mile-long border with the US.
More than 300,000 Brits visited last year alone - prompting the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to issue a warning on its website that reads: "The FCO advise against all but essential travel to parts of the country.
"Most victims of crime and violence are Mexicans involved in criminal activity, but the security situation also poses risks for foreigners."
As officials struggle to get a grips on the spiralling drug problem in a country of 112 million people...
Here's a chilling reminder of the high price of Mexico's drug problem.
|Bodies lie in the street after a shootout in Sinaloa. One of the victims turned out to be the boss of a top drug gang and one of the FBI's most wanted men.|
|Police officers stand over the bodies of seven men, killed in a gun battle in a marijuana field in Sinaloa, northern Mexico.|