Just in time for spring break, drug cartels continue to spread the gore around. Not only are they affecting those participating in the game, but also the local vendors who have nothing to do with their war, but are taking the pinch in their wallets. Who is to blame? Who is winning Acapulco? You be the judge. One thing's for sure, if you want to find beautiful empty beaches and bargain prices, Acapulco may be the place to go. In a twisted sense of humor, it might cost you an arm and a leg though.. literally.
Five People Executed and Dismembered in Acapulco
By Ezequiel Flores Contreras
ACAPULCO, GUERRERO, March 25, 2011
Five men were executed and their bodies were dismembered in this beach destination, along with messages allegedly signed by the capo Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman and directed to state officials and local police accused of supporting the Independent Cartel of Acapulco. Four of the victims were identified as police officers; Jesus Alfredo Way Hernandez, Juan Antonio Moreno Garduño; Víctor Hernández Gutierrez and Felipe de Jesús Ramírez Medina.
This incident took place one hour after Mexican President Felipe Calderon inaugerated the 36th edition of the Tourist Marketplace in the International Center of Acapulco, a location that resembled a military bunker due to the presence of soldiers and law enforcement personnel of three levels, practically bulletproofing the coastal area of Miguel Aleman in the vicinity of Costa Azul.
According to official sources, at approximately 2:00 PM a burgurndy Honda CRV was reported to be abandoned on Farallon Ave, in front of a department store. The remains of two dismembered bodies were found scattered outside the vehicle and three more dismembered bodies were discovered in plastic bags inside the vehicle. Two handwritten messages were left behind by Sicarios which read:
"Esto le va a seguir pasando a todos los que apoyen a Victor Aguirre, al subsecretario de Seguridad Publica Garcia Garcia, Roberto Devoux (betito) y a los policias preventivos y de vialidad que apoyen a los secuestradores, extorcionadores y acesinos de niños: Moises Montero (a) Koreano ex agente ministerial de Acapulco, Antonio Barragan (a) El melon y Eden Parra (a) Alacran o el 05.
Atte. Cartel de Sinaloa. El Chapo Guzman".
This will continue to happen to all those who support Victor Aguirre, the undersecretary of Public Safety Garcia Garcia, Roberto Devoux (betito) and the police who support the kidnappers, extortionists and child murderers: Moises Montero (a) Koreano former agent of the Ministry of Acapulco, Antonio Barragan (a) "El Melon" and Eden Parra (a) Alacran, "Scorpion" or "El 05".
The Sinaloa Cartel, El Chapo Guzman
The second message read:
"SIGUEN USTEDES BARRAGÁN COMANDANTE DE LA POLICÍA MINISTERIAL DEL JARDÍN, SUASTEGUI HERMANOS 1 ENCARGADO DE BARRIOS HISTÓRICOS Y EL OTRO EN COLOSO, Y AL COMANDANTE DE LA PREVENTIVA SUASTEGUI LO VAMOS A TROZAR IGUAL QUE A ESTOS POR APOYAR A LOS SECUESTRADORES Y EXTORSIONADORES DEL CIDA. P.D YA SABEMOS QUE ESCOLTAS AL MELÓN CON PATRULLAS COMANDANTE SUASTEGUI DE LA PREVENTIVA
ATTE. EL CHAPO GUZMÁN EL CARTEL DE SINALOA."
Your next Barragan, commander of the ministry police in Jardin. Brothers Suastegui, one in charge of the historic neighborhood and the other in Coloso, and the commander of the "police" Suastegui. We are going to cut you up just like these here for supporting the kidnappers and extortionists of CIDA. "Independent Cartel of Acapulco" P.D we know you escort "El Melon" with patrols, commander Suastegui of the "police".
El Chapo Guzman, The Sinaloa Cartel.
Official reports have tallied up at least 12 men who have been executed this week throughout various locations within this beach getaway, due to warring between drug cartels over this "plaza". Prior to these executions, a video was uploaded to Youtube titled, "La Basura Del Melon" The Trash of El Melon, where a beaten young man dressed in a police uniform identifies himself as officer Juan Antonio Moreno Garduño. Behind him are four more men and a woman, all blindfolded and hands tied, claiming to to be lookouts and racketeers.
The young officer claims to be working for members of CIDA, the Independent Cartel of Acapulco, also mentioned in the messages found with the dismembered bodies, as an informant to the operations of the Federal Police assigned to this beach location. They were allegedly promised a promotion to commander if they continued to serve this cartel because one of the cartel members identified as Victor Aguirre is the cousin of Governor-elect Angel Aguirre Rivero who is to take office on April 1st. This is the third time the Governor-elect is accused of having ties with the above named cartel member. The other two accusations were made via narco-banners.
In the two and a half minute video, signed by a group calling themselves "El Comando del Diablo", The Devil's Commando, the alleged police officer assumes responsiblity for the massacres of the former chief of operations for the municipal police of Acapulco, who has been jailed for over a year on drug trafficking charges.
14,000 Spring Breakers Avoided Acapulco
El Universal/Acapulco, Gro.
According to Jesus Radilla, general director of the Trust for Tourism Acapulco, approximately 14,000 springbreakers avoided the traditional vacation hot spot for US students this season, due to the perceived insecurity. In light of the upcoming inauguration of the 36th edition of the Tourist Marketplace in the Convention Center, Radilla Calderon pointed out that last year 15,000 US students decended upon the city while this year only about 1,000 showed up, a drop of 93%.
He recognized that this issue worries the service industry which has surprisingly united citizens in order to implement a voluntary campaign preaching, "Habla Bien de Mexico", Speak Positively of Mexico. He indicated that is a movement intitiated by solely by society and not the result of goverment or private sector involvement. He added that in spite of the substantial decline of spring breakers, the number of visitors overall has not been affected. By March 21, over 100,000 visitors flocked to the tourist destination adding over 200 million pesos to the local economy and reassuring that Acapulco is still a privilged location.
He concluded that other destinations such as Cancun and Los Cabos captured a large part of the vacationing US students and attributed that to two reasons: First, the perceived insecurity and second that other destinations, not only in Mexico but also the Caribbean, have taken advantage of that perception.