In a Friday press conference and presentation Mexico's Federal Police announced the capture of Victor Manuel Rivera Galeana, "Victor El Gordo", a co-founder and top operator of the La Barredora criminal organization.
La Barredora and CIDA (Cartel Indpendiente de Acapulco) are the two ultra-violent, local criminal organizations locked in a vicious battle for control of the retail drug market, extortion and kidnapping in Acapulco, Guerrero, one of Mexico's top tourist destinations and now one of the country's bloodiest cities.
Rivera Galeana, 35 years old and a native of Acapulco, was captured in Edomex (the state of Mexico that borders Mexico City).
This is the second arrest of a top La Barredora operator within the past month. Christian Hernández Tarín, "El Chris", another co-founder of La Barredora, was arrested on the 18th of October.
Jair Sosa Carbajal, "El Cremas", the third co-founder and leader of La Barredora, remains at large.
La Barredora is thought to be largely responsible for the extortion and kidnapping threats to Acapulco's school teachers that have paralyzed the city's schools.
La Barredora's rival, CIDA, has also been hard hit by arrests and attacks from La Barredora and is believed to have joined forces with Hector Beltran Leyva's Cartel del Pacifico Sur and Los Zetas.
La Barredora was originally a faction of CIDA that broke away in late 2010. Both gangs are composed of drug dealers and sicarios from cells once loyal to both Sergio Villarreal Barragan, “El Grande” and Édgar Valdez Villarreal, “La Barbie”, former top lieutenants in the Beltran Leyva Organization.
Acapulco, a city of aproximately 800,000 inhabitants, has suffered 746 murders from January to the end of August, 2011, according to figures released by the Sistema Nacional de Seguridad Publica (SNSP), a federal government agency responsible for the coordination of law enforcement policy.
The numbers game
A Mexican NGO, the Consejo Ciudadano para la Seguridad Publica y Justicia Penal (Citizen's Council on Public Security and Criminal Justice), published a report in October that concluded, by the end of 2011, Acapulco will overtake Ciudad Juarez as the world's most violent city.
Using projections based on SNSP figures for homicides per municipality from January 2011 to August 2011, the report predicted that Acapulco will end the year with a homicide rate of 139.11 (murders/100,000 inhabitants).
The report predicted that Ciudad Juarez's homicide rate will drop to 118.46
The report also predicted that 19 Mexican cities will rank within the world's 50 most violent large cities by the end of 2011.
The report calculated a national homicide rate for Mexico of 25.5 murders/100,000 inhabitants, much higher than the latest official SNSP figure of 11.6 murders/100,000 inhabitants for the year 2008.
(Table below- Mexican cities that will probably rank in world's 50 most violent cities in 2011:
entidad-state, municipio-city, datos SNSP-government homicide figures Jan-Aug 2011, proy-estimated homicides for Jan-Dec 2011, pob. proyec-estimated population, Tasa-homicide rate (murders/100,000 inhabitants)
download a pdf file of the study here: