Milenio.com, ADN Irza, Agora Guerrero
Acapulco- Attacks on suspected members of the Cartel del Pacifico Sur headed by Héctor Beltrán Leyva left 14 men dead in execution style slayings in four different locations around the tourist destination of Acapulco, Guerrero during the morning hours of Friday, August 27.
The murders may have been a reprisal for the executions and public display of 4 mutilated bodies of men belonging to Edgar “la Barbie” Valdez Villarreal’s organization in Cuernavaca, Morelos.
According to the state of Guerrero’s Public Security Secretariat, the victims were beaten and tortured before being executed by gunfire from the usual weapons used by organized criminal gangs: .233 (AR-15), 7.62 x 39mm (AK-47) and 9mm calibers.
Three of the victims were identified as municipal policemen and one victim was a state government employee. As of late Friday evening the identities of the other victims had not been released.
“Narco” messages were found covering the bodies in all four crime scenes. The messages accused the victims of working for Humberto Zavala Sagal, a lieutenant working under Hector Beltran Leyva. Also mentioned was Juan Gallardo Gonzalez, a State Investigative Agent (policia ministerial)
“Esto me pasó por andar trabajando con Héctor Beltrán Leyva. Sigues tú, Humberto Zavala Sagal”. This happened to me for working for Hector Beltran Leyva. Your next, Humberto Zavala
“Esto me pasó por andar trabajando con Héctor Beltrán Leyva. Saludos a los Nieves y saludos Juan Gallardo González, alias El Pinto o Nonis”. This happened to me for working for Hector Beltran Leyva. Greetings to los Nieves and Juan Gallardo Gonzales, alias el Pinto or Nonis
“Ahí están tus pistoleritos, sigue mandando más”. There are your gunmen, keep sending more.
The states of Morelos and Guerrero, situated southeast of Mexico City, are besieged by the war between 2 rival factions of the Beltran Leyva cartel that are fighting each other for control of organized crime operations in both states.
What is at stake is the robust domestic drug consumption market in the tourist towns of Acapulco and Cuernavaca, both popular with residents of Mexico City, and a gateway into the drug market of Mexico City itself.
One faction is lead by Hector Beltran Leyva (CPS-Cartel del Pacifico Sur) , and the other faction is lead by Edgar “La Barbie” Valdez Villarreal. The Beltran Leyva cartel fractured after the death of its leader Arturo Beltran Leyva.
In a weekend in March of this year more than 30 people were killed in Acapulco in fighting between both groups and shootouts in broad daylight have occurred on the main tourist drag.
Also making inroads into this area is the ultra violent La Familia Michoacana. One source credited the violence on Friday to La Familia as the messages left on the victim’s bodies did not contain the usual label of “Mayates” that la Barbie”s organization uses when referring to the CPS. (Mayates is a derogatory term used for people of African descent)
Images of Friday's Carnage in Acapulco