A severed human leg was discovered hanging from a pedestrian bridge in Toluca, just west of Mexico City, believed to be connected to a violent drug cartel. By the end of the day, additional body parts were found throughout the city.

Underneath the bridge, the torso of the body was left on the street near the city’s center, accompanied by handwritten signs attributed to the Familia Michoacana cartel.

Later, more body parts were found in another neighborhood, also accompanied by handwritten signs associated with drug cartels. The victim appeared to be a man between the ages of 35 and 40.

Subsequently, parts of at least one other body were discovered elsewhere in the city.

Authorities found a dismembered body and a sign similar to those in the previous case in a neighborhood on the city’s east side.

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Later, in an industrial neighborhood on the north side, parts of a body were found in a burning car. Investigators were looking into whether these parts were related to the second dismembered body.

The mayor of Toluca, the capital of the State of Mexico, called for calm. The Familia Michoacana cartel has long dominated rural areas in the state and may now be attempting to take control of the state capital.

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A severed human leg that was found hanging from a pedestrian bridge in Toluca, Mexico, was believed to be linked to a violent drug cartel. (Fox News)

“The issue of crime brings us all together, and we all have to fight it,” said Mayor Raymundo Martínez Carbajal.

Last week, threatening banners signed by the Familia Michoacana cartel were left in another suburb of Toluca.

The gang originated in the neighboring state of Michoacan in the early 2000s. While it has been largely expelled from its home state, it has found a new stronghold in the State of Mexico and neighboring Guerrero state.

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The Familia Michoacana cartel has become notorious for carrying out brutal ambushes on police in Mexico State and local residents in Guerrero.

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