The underworld is coming into view again in northwestern Sonora.
Sonoran authorities are investigating this week a discovery of several dead bodies outside Puerto Peñasco, the second such discovery in the last month. Also, they've found another body outside Sonoyta, the border gateway to Rocky Point, as Puerto Peñasco is known.
On Monday, state police found three bodies near the highway that runs between Rocky Point and Caborca, Sonora. They were in a rural spot about five miles east of the beach town, near an intersecting road that runs south to oyster beds.
Police found shell casings at the scene and removed the bodies.
Also, today authorities were investigating another body found west of Sonoyta, the border city used to travel to Puerto Peñasco, Radio XENY in Nogales, Sonora reported. The body was found near the highway that runs west to San Luís Río Colorado.
Mexican authorities say a battle has been going on in the area between regionally based drug-trafficking groups that work with competing drug cartels. They blamed a July shootout in Rocky Point, which killed six people, on the conflict, as well as a large Sept. 10 gun battle outside Sonoyta which left at least one person dead.
The findings harm Sonora's cherished image as the most secure stretch of the Mexico-U.S. border, Hermosillo news outlet Dossier Político reported.
However, U.S. residents and visitors say, as I reported a couple of weeks ago, that Rocky Point remains a tranquilo place to live or visit.
The U.S. consulate warns travelers to Rocky Point to cross the border at Lukeville and travel through Sonoyta directly to the beach town via the highway. They warn against traveling east of there to Caborca, Altar or to the border region of Sonora between Nogales and Sonoyta.