Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Police Chief’s 4 Bodyguards Killed in Chilpancingo

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 |

EFE

Armed men attacked a police chief in Guerrero, a state in southern Mexico, wounding the official and killing four of his bodyguards, state officials said.

The gunmen attacked Guerrero Northern Zone police chief Humberto Velazquez Delgado on Monday afternoon in Chilpancingo, the capital of Guerrero.

The police chief and his bodyguards were attacked around 3:00 p.m. by gunmen armed with AK-47 assault rifles when they reached a curve on the Chilpancingo-Cuernavaca federal highway, state police director Fernando Monreal said.

“The assailants were waiting for them and ambushed them” about five kilometers (3.1 miles) north of Chilpancingo, Monreal said.

State police officers Agustin Ocampo, Jaime Palacios, Hermenegildo Morales and Carlos Gallardo, who were assigned to the station in Iguala de la Independencia, located about 100 kilometers (62 miles) north of Chilpancingo, were killed.

Velazquez was taken to a private hospital for treatment of his wounds.

Investigators found at least 400 bullet casings from AK-47s at the crime scene, officials said.

The motive for the attack has not been determined, but it may be linked to organized crime.

State police and army troops launched a search for the gunmen.

Mexico has been plagued by drug-related violence for years.

A total of 15,270 people died in drug-related violence in Mexico last year, and more than 34,000 people have died since President Felipe Calderon declared war on the country’s cartels shortly after taking office in December 2006.

Calderon has deployed tens of thousands of soldiers and Federal Police officers across the country to combat drug cartels and other criminal organizations.

The anti-drug operation, however, has failed to put a dent in the violence due, according to experts, to drug cartels’ ability to buy off the police and even high-ranking officials.

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Anonymous said...

So how is this "catch and release" working for Mexico? The lax judicial system I would think is 95% of the problem, I mean hell any young man growing up in poor country that sees the narcos all having the big trucks and money and when captured are right back on the streets is it no wonder they get into that life?

A year or two in a prison where if you have money you can purchase what ever you like, La Barbie has catered food and designer clothes and a 28" LCD Flat Screen TV and a space heater so he doesnt get chilled at night! Its pathetic... Mexico has created there own problems and I do not feel a bit sorry for any one of them over the age of 18...

Its the smaller children that are the ones suffering because they are truly innocent and their spirits know that what they are seeing everyday is evil and wrong and they suffer in fear every day and every night and for that I damn every narco into Mexico to rot in hell for eternity! - Grande Goat Horn

El Gallito said...

Off topic but has there been any news on the police lady ,Ericka Gandara, who dissapeared last December? She was the only one working the town of Guadalupe, Chihuahua.

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