A U.S. citizen was one of the three men who were found decapitated this week in Tijuana, Mexican authorities said Friday.
The body of George Harrison, a 38-year-old former Chula Vista resident, had been dismembered and mutilated and was dumped in a vacant lot near Tijuana's beachside bullring.
Authorities said they suspected that it was an organized crime hit.
Harrison had several drug-related convictions in the United States and was suspected of drug trafficking in Mexico, Baja California Assistant Atty. General Rafael Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez said Harrison had been living in the Tijuana area since his release from a U.S. prison six months ago. He owned a pizzeria in Tijuana, from which he was abducted, Gonzalez said.
Authorities who searched Harrison's business found four weapons, including a .38-caliber handgun.
Alongside the bodies, authorities discovered a taunting narco-message similar to others left at crime scenes in the battles among rival organized crime groups.
Another of the three beheading victims was identified as Luis Garcia Aispuro, who had a criminal history in the Mexican state of Sonora, Mexican authorities said. The third man was identified as Jaime Ramos Herrera of Colima, Mexico.