“El Diablo está suelto en Acuña”, the devil is loose in Acuña is how one resident conveyed the feeling as the cartel battles between the Nueva Federacion (cartel del golfo, cartel de Sinaloa, la familia Michoacana) and La Compania (los Zetas) have reached this city across the Rio Grande from Del Rio Tx.
Recent reports out of Acuña describe a besieged population as increasingly desperate Zeta cartel gunmen have held the city in a reign of terror. The municipal police have been unable or unwilling to uphold law and order and have been labeled “polizetas” (police collaborators tied to the Zetas.).
Over the weekend narcomanteles (drug cartel banners) appeared with the following message:
A la gente de esta comunidad, por favor no salgan a las calles en la noche, estamos limpiando la ciudad de Zetas.
(To the people of this community, please do not leave your homes at night, we are cleaning this city of Zetas)
Unconfirmed reports speak of nightly gunfire and levantones (abductions) of persons associated with the Zetas. What has been confirmed is that 2 warehouses belonging to Dulceria Begu were destroyed by arson. Two to three family members were killed in the blazes which were extinguished with the help of the Del Rio Tx fire department.
This area of Coahuila has been the domain of the Zetas and along with Nuevo Laredo was the last firm foothold of this cartel on the border with the U.S.. They have been eliminated from the remaining border towns in Tamaulipas and from Piedras Negras, Coahuila.
In other news from Coahuila, Governor Humberto Moreira has requested the presence of 1,000 federal police in the industrial city of Torreon due to high levels of crime and insecurity that are affecting investment and growth. This would match the deployment of 1,000 state police already in Torreon according to the Governor.
So far this week in Torreon there has been 8 deaths attributed to organized crime. This brings the total number of deaths caused by organized crime in the city to 133 for this year.
On Sunday May 2, gunmen in two pickups and two taxis opened fire on a group of people in the Lucio Blanco neighborhood. Five fatalities were reported and four others were injured in the attack, with two persons in critical condition.
On Tuesday May 4, at 1 AM, two men were executed in the Nueva Aurora neighborhood and at 1 PM one male was killed in a shootout outside of the Galerias Laguna mall, causing a panic among shoppers and employees at the mall.
A coordinated response by elements of the Mexican army and state police to all 3 incidents failed to arrest any suspects.