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In this undated photo provided by the Veracruz State Prosecutor's Office shows clothing items found at the site of a clandestine burial pit in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, Mexico. Veracruz state prosecutor Jorge Winckler said the bodies were buried at least two years ago and did not rule out finding more remains. He said investigators had found 114 ID cards in the field, which held about 32 burial pits. (Photo: Veracruz State Prosecutor's Office via AP)

A mass grave with 168 skulls has been uncovered in Mexico—the latest in a series of grisly finds that could be tied to the ongoing chaos of the nation’s cartel drug wars.

The homicide dumping ground is being forensically analyzed in Veracruz State, on the southern shore of the Gulf of Mexico.

The grave was found using drones and ground-penetrating radar on Aug. 8, according to Jorge Winckler Ortiz, the Veracruz Attorney General.

The prosecutor stated via Twitter that it is likely the bodies could be related to the corrupt government of Javier Duarte de Ochoa, the disgraced and convicted former governor of the state.

More than 200 articles of clothing were found amid the remains, which were clustered in dozens of burials.

The victims were killed and dumped there at least two years ago, based on the preliminary investigation, according to Winckler Ortiz.

“It is a public fact that in that area there were criminal groups and it is also known that policemen participated in criminal acts,” the prosecutor said via Twitter, and through translation software.

In this undated photo provided by the Veracruz State Prosecutor's Office shows a skull at the site of clandestine burial pit in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, Mexico. Veracruz state prosecutor Jorge Winckler said the bodies were buried at least two years ago and did not rule out finding more remains. He said investigators have found 166 skulls and 114 ID cards in the field, which held about 32 burial pits. (Photo: Veracruz State Prosecutor's Office via AP)

The location of the “extermination camp” was determined through tips from an informant, according to the cartel-focused El Blog del Narco. Investigation of the site began on Aug. 8, and involves 300 square meters.

Last year, another mass grave in Veracruz yielded 250 skulls. Still considered to be the largest cartel dumping ground of its kind, it was discovered by surviving family members who had taken on the task of seeking out the clandestine graves themselves amid government inaction, according to accounts from last year.

Multiple reports indicate that the state is seeking help from the Mexican federal police to use DNA analysis of the remains from the sites and compare them to the national databases of the missing in Mexico.

Official estimates have 30,000 people unaccounted for in Mexico—but other sources place that toll much higher.

With corruption among some law enforcement agencies, even the official accounts of some mass murders has been questioned by forensic experts—one notable case being the disappearance of 43 students from the southwestern state of Guerrero one night in September 2014.

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