On the evening of 1 July 2024, authorities discovered a number of bodies in the back of a truck near La Concordia in Chiapas state, a town located approximately 90 km (60 mi) east of the Mexico-Guatemala border. Some of the 19 bodies were clad in tactical gear and had firearm magazines and clips, and many showed signs of gunshot wounds. Local leaders of the Sinaloa cartel claimed responsibility for the corpses of Mexican and Guatemalan nationals allegedly belonging to the “Chiapas and Guatemala” cartel. The Sinaloa leaders claim that rival gang members were killed amid a turf war between the two groups. Mexican officials have deployed 1,200 soldiers to Chiapas in response to a growing level of cartel-related violence in the area.