Three dismembered bodies found in Mexico resort town

Three dismembered bodies were discovered in Los Cabos in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur, near the Hotel Playa Grande

Three dismembered bodies were found in a Mexican resort town as local and national officials held a meeting there on public security, authorities said Friday.

The gruesome discovery was made on Thursday night in luxury getaway destination Los Cabos near the Hotel Playa Grande, where the security officials were gathered for a conference.

The identity of the victims -- two men and a woman -- has not yet been established, said the public prosecutor's office for the state of Baja California Sur.

The news came four days after three other dismembered bodies were found inside several coolers abandoned near the port of Cabo San Lucas, the state's top tourist hub.

Authorities blamed the crimes on turf wars between rival drug cartels for control of the local narcotics trade and smuggling routes into the United States.

Mexico is the scene of brutal violence linked to drug trafficking.

Since the government deployed the army to fight drug cartels in 2006, more than 170,000 people have been killed and 28,000 have gone missing.