Acapulco is the showcase for the atomization of major drug cartels into mini-cartels or simply local criminal organizations when top kingpins fall to the government.
La Barredora and CIDA, the two local groups responsible for the violence in Acapulco, are run by gunmen who were once members of the Beltran Leyva organization, and after that organization fractured worked for "La Barbie". After La Barbie and his father in law, Carlos Montemayor "El Charro" were arrested the low level gangmembers broke into smaller local groups that are now at war with each other.
Both gangs make a living mostly from extortion, kidnappings and control of the local drug market. Their members once worked for cartels controlling multi-state areas and routes through which cross border drug trafficking flowed.
But their world has shrunk. Now these criminals fight for control of organized crime in this popular tourist destination, and to keep other groups out.
What these two gangs are expert at, however, is the use of extreme violence against enemies and to terrorize the local population.
Beheadings, dismemberments, tortured bodies stuffed into trunks of cars, indiscriminate shootouts in tourist areas where innocent bystanders are killed, the murder of citizens who refuse to pay extortions, no fear of killing federal police or military personnel, this and more are par for the course in Acapulco, on a daily basis.
In the latest display of symbolic violence, La Barredora has begun hanging the heads of execution victims accused of being associates of CIDA.
Friday night two heads were hung from the Bicentenario overpass and the bodies of the victims left on the roadway, covered in tarps.
Messages left at the site of the atrocity were addressed to leaders of CIDA (Independant cartel of Acapulco), pointing to the rival La Barredora as the perpetrators.
"ESTO ME PASO POR ANDAR APOYANDO AL MELON, VICTOR AGUIRRE Y EDEN. ESTO VA PARA TODOS".
This happened to me for supporting Melon, Victor Aguirre and Eden. This goes out to all of you.
"TAXISTAS ESTO LES PASO POR ANDAR APOYANDO AL MELON, VICTOR AGUIRRE Y EDEN Y SIGUES TU CHINO, GUATCHO Y PLEBEYO".
Taxi drivers, this happened to them for supporting Melon, Victor Aguirre and Eden. You're next Chino, Guatcho and Plebeyo. (This message says that the men were Taxi drivers, probably working as lookouts)
"ATENTAMENTE EL COMANDO DEL DIABLO".
Sincerely, the devil's commando.
The torsos were abandoned and the heads hung in the face of hundreds of motorists travelling on both roadways.
On Tuesday, two other heads were hung on a pedestrian overpass with the dismembered bodies left on the roadway below. A similar message was also left at that site.
"MELON AQUI ESTA TU BASURA VICTOR AGUIRRE AND EDEN, ESTO ME PASO POR MATAR GENTE INOCENTE ATTE. EL COMANDO DEL DIABLO"
Melon here's your trash. Victor Aguirre and Eden, this happened to me for killing innocent people. Sincerely, the devil's commando.
CIDA is led by Antonio Barragan "el Melon", Moises Montero "el coreano", "el Cholo", Victor Aguirre and Eden Parra.
La Barredora is led by Heber Jair Sosa "el Cremas", Christrian Hernandez "el Cris", and Victor Galeana "el Gordo".