By Jorge Calvillo (staff@latinospost.com) | First Posted: Nov 26, 2013 12:02 PM EST
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Mexican authorities reportedly found 42 bodies of victims of organized crime in mass graves in the state of Jalisco.

According to Agence France-Presse, authorities found 22 mass graves while searching for two police officers reported to be missing since Sunday, Nov. 3.

The policemen have not been found, but during the investigation the Attorney General of the Republic confirmed the discovery of 42 bodies, which join 63 others that have been found throughout Mexico.

The search was focused in the community of Vista Hermosa in Michoacán and La Barca in Jalisco, where the bodies of 30 men and women were found.

Mexican newspaper Milenio reported that among the bodies found in the graves at La Barca were the bodies of two women and a minor. The bodies had tattoos of a red cross, the symbol used by members of the "Knights Templar" cartel in the state of Michoacán.

In southern Guerrero, AFP points out that since Nov. 9, 13 bodies have been found, including eight in Sonora, which amounts to almost 63 bodies found in November alone.

Authorities point out that this could be a consequence of the fight between "The Knights Templar" and the so-called "New Generation Jalisco."

Some of the bodies were hogtied and showed signs of torture.

Since 2006, the war against drug trafficking has left almost 77,000 dead in Mexico, which has included complete families in most of the states of the country. This has resulted in the creation of unregulated self-defense militias in the communities most afflicted by criminal groups.

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