On Friday, November 2, Vice Admiral Víctor Manuel Gamboa Carvallo, commander of Mexico's Third Naval Zone in Veracruz, announced that the surge of federal forces in Veracruz known as Operation "Veracruz Seguro" (Secure Veracruz) would continue until ordered otherwise by President Calderon.
According to the Vice Admiral, the strategy and deployment of forces in the Veracruz-Boca del Rio area has led to a very sporadic presence of organized crime groups there. A high level of vigilance is planned for the December holiday season to safeguard residents and visitors.
"Operation Veracruz Seguro is working, there are visibly good results, the citizens of the port of Veracruz-Boca del Rio metropolitan area are calmer and there has been a movement of criminals to other locations."
"The criminals are relocating to the south of the state, and some have gone to northern Veracruz, including rural communities where military forces are now conducting operations."
On Sunday morning, however, gunmen made their sporadic presence known when 7 bound and gagged males were executed and their bodies abandoned in the colonia Adolfo Lopez Mateos of Veracruz.
The unidentified bodies were found at approximately 5:00am. According to authorities no message was left with the bodies, some of which showed evidence of torture.
Unconfirmed reports posted on at least one social media website stated that according to witnesses state police officers were responsible for the execution of the 7 men.
Earlier Sunday morning, around 1:00am, the head of an unknown murder victim was
left at the Plaza America shopping mall in Boca del Rio, the site of the mass homicide where more than 30 murder victims were left during afternoon rush hour this past September.
State authorities later reported that the remains left at the scene was actually a decapitated rooster, which was discredited by local citizens.