Acapulco was the scene of another 3 executions today, following the 10 execution style murders this weekend, after a bloody week that suffered more than 20 executions and a harvest of body parts left on 3 bridges on Thursday with banners signed by La Barredora's Comando del Diablo.
Placards left at the scene of the executions today and at several sites during the weekend were signed by a previously unheard of group calling itself "La Nueva Empresa" (the new company) or "La Nueva Administracion" (the new administration).
Mid-day today two adolescents were shot and killed while traveling on public transportation in two separate attacks on the colonia Garitas bus route. One youth was found on the curb just outside his bus while a second youth was found slumped on a seat inside another bus. Both had been shot in the head.
Placards left at both execution sites contained the same message.
Earlier today during the predawn hours, a taxista (taxi driver) was executed inside his vehicle which was parked within Acapulco's Maxitunel, a 2km long two way traffic tunnel that crosses under the hills surrounding the central city area and connects to the Acapulco-Mexico City highway. A placard was also left at the scene of the murder
Because of the frequency of the bodies of execution victims left at the entrance or within the Maxitunel, the locals have renamed the underground artery La Maxitumba.
"This will happen to all robbers, kidnappers and traitors. Sincerely, The New Administration"
"May the people of Cochema rest in peace."
It is unclear if this group is associated with or has splintered from CIDA or La Barredora, the two local criminal organizations fighting for the Acapulco plaza or is another new group entirely, maybe sent by one of Mexico's more established drug cartels.
An article published by Proceso this weekend stated that the CIDA group has been largely decimated by Federal forces and la Barredora.
According to the Proceso article, La Barredora is loyal to the Sinaloa Cartel.
Late Sunday night around 10pm the dismembered remains of an unidentified man were deposited on the Miguel Aleman promenade, in front of La Gran Plaza shopping mall.
Several narco messages were left at the scene but the contents were no released to the media. However the signature was seen as "El Comando del Diablo"
The Comando del Diablo is a group of sicarios, or death squad, that works for the Barredora criminal organization.
Another gangland style execution occurred early Sunday morning in the colonia Icacos area of Acapulco. Six men were shot only blocks from the Naval base. Three men died at the scene of the shooting and one died a short time later in a local hospital.
Unconfirmed reports from witnesses stated that paramedics in an Acapulco Fire Dept ambulance were attacked by unidentified gunmen while responding to the emergency call to render aid to the survivors of the Icacos shooting. The driver of the ambulance was reportedly abducted.
Sunday, later in the morning, another gangland execution by "La Nueva Administracion" occurred on Nicolas Bravo street in the colonia Santa Cruz.
The authorities found the bodies of two men with multiple gunshot wounds and with a placard signed by the above mentioned group.
Saturday night's execution of a couple in the colonia Lazaro Cardenas, in front of the local "Radiorama" radio broadcast installation, saw 2 narcobanners signed by "La Nueva Administracion" (the new administration) and "El Castigador" (based on the comic book and movie character The Punisher).
Last Thursday, the body parts of at least two execution victims and narcobanners were scattered on 2 pedestrian overpasses and the Bicentenario bridge, a favorite Comando del Diablo site for dumping the bodies of alleged CIDA gang members.
The banners left at the 3 bridges read:
"Señor Gobernador Ángel Aguirre Rivero tú has sido causante de la muerte de gente inocente, de taxistas, mujeres y niños por estar apoyando a tu primo Víctor Aguirre, proporcionándole escolta de tu Gobierno y armamento para poder andar libre.
"Ya que el (sic) a dado órdenes de matar gente en los bares, como son el bar los limones, artistas, mujeres y niños inocentes con el fin de calentar la plaza, solo tú vas a detener esta guerra deteniendo a tu primo Víctor Aguirre de no ser así esta guerra seguirá Atte. El comando del diablo."
Governor Angel Aguirre Rivero, you are responsible for the deaths of innocent people, taxi drivers, women and children because of your support of your cousin Victor Aguirre, arming him and providing an escort from your Government so that he can move freely.
Since he (sic) has ordered the killings of bar patrons, like at Los Limones bar, singers and innocent women and children for the purpose of heating up the plaza, only you can stop this war by restraining your cousin Victor Aguirre. If not this war will continue. Sincerely, El Comando del Diablo.
Of the original leaders that formed CIDA (Independent Cartel of Acapulco), only two remain: Carlos Barragán "El Melón" and Víctor Aguirre, an ex-Federal Police officer who was previously imprisoned for drug trafficking.
Victor Aguirre is a cousin of the current PRD Governor of Guerrero, Angel Aguirre Rivero, who on numerous occasions since 2009 has been accused on narco banners of protecting his cousin.
Governor Angel Aguirre is alleged to have ties to drug trafficking and to have engineered the release from prison of his cousin Victor.
The Governor has consistently denied all the charges leveled against him, but it is widely suspected that political and law enforcement authorities of the three levels of government and military leaders provide protection to organized criminal groups in the tourist mecca of Acapulco.