A woman and two men were discovered with their hands chopped off after a drug cartel accused them of stealing in Mexico.
The trio were found beside a highway in the town of Silao, 20 miles south of Leon on Friday.
Locals said they were dumped from a vehicle alongside a bag containing their severed limbs and a note, signed by the notorious Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel.
The note says: ‘This happened to me because I am a thief who does not respect good, hard-working people.
‘Whoever continues to steal, this will happen to them.’
The note was signed with the initials CJNG, which stands for Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel, considered by many to be Mexico’s most-dangerous cartel.
The victims were blindfolded, and had their hands and legs bound together to stop them from escaping. Their wrists had also been tied using ligatures to stop them from bleeding to death.
Locals called paramedics, who took the trio to hospital in a serious condition.
Medics also took the severed hands in a bag of ice, in the hopes of being able to reattach the limbs since the wounds were fresh
The trio told medics that they had been kidnapped from the local area in a vehicle that none of them recognized. The group added that they had been beaten in addition to having their limbs severed.
Police also arrived at the scene, where they collected evidence and opened an investigation.
Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel is known for their ultra-violent tactics, some members of the CJNG are thought to have cannibalized some of their victims in the past as part of an initiation rite.
The cartel are now thought to be the second-most powerful in Mexico.
Jalisco leader Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes is Mexico’s most-wanted person after the arrest of El Chapo, and one of America’s most-wanted.
A USD $10million bounty is being offered for information leading to his capture.