At least seven men have died during an armed confrontation, among them was a person identified as El Polo, considered to be the leader of a cell of sicarios loyal to Edgar Valdez Villarreal, a.k.a. La Barbie, a known drug lord in the area. La Barbie was fighting a bitter war against his former ally, Hector Beltran Leyva alias El H for control of the plaza of Acapulco at the time of his arrest.
Initial reports indicate that around 4:00 pm in Cuidad Renacimiento, a group of men dressed in fatigues similar to those worn by the Mexican Marines pulled up to the safe house where the sicarios had been staying and proceeded to open fire with large caliber weapons. The whole incident lasted twenty minutes.
Four bodies were found in the living room, among them a man who appeared to a former comandante for the
Outside the house a man's body lay in the street riddled with bullets. Two others died en route to the hospital according to officials. Soldiers from the 56th infantry battalion detained four local police officers who were interrogated for not reporting to the crime scene during the firefight, which provoked panic and disorder in the nearby business district. This incident occurred only hours after the headless bodies of two men were found in a car, also in Acapulco. In that incident the victims had been killed for allegedly running guns for Nicazaio Arizendi, El Cacho, known associate of Hector Beltran Leyva.
More bodies found in Sinaloa.
The mutilated bodies and heads of two young men were found in three separate coolers in
the state of Sinaloa today. They were discovered with a narco message on a dirt road just outside the town of Las Tatemas, about a kilometer from a municipal police station.
One of the dead men has been identified as Juan Carlos Elizea Leyva, 28 years old and was the son of a local transit officer. The other victim has yet to be identified.
The two large coolers held the bodies and a message that was scrawled on a piece of paper. The message was directed at various people who have previously been found executed in a similar fashion.
The small red cooler next to them contained the heads of the victims. According to the medical examiner's report, there were no bullet wounds to indicate they had died before being dismembered.
Elizea Leyva was kidnapped around 10:00 pm by various men in wearing black army uniforms, heavily armed from inside a small cell phone store he owned in the town of Estacion Naranjo. Around the same time another group is suspected to have carried out the abduction of the second, unidentified victim.