Monday, April 24, 2017

At least 35 killed in drug violence across Mexico: officials

Posted by DD Republished from Reuters

Reporting by Lizbeth Diaz in Mexico City, Uriel Sanchez in Guerrero, Jesus Bustamante in Sinaloa, Tamara Corro in Veracruz,; Editing by Michael O'Boyle, Grant McCool and Chris Reese



At least 35 people killed in Mexico in different incidents of drug gang violence over the weekend; 12 of the deaths took place in El Chapo's Sinaloa state - Representational imageREUTERS/Henry Romero
At least 35 people were killed over the weekend in Mexico, according to local officials, amid a widespread surge in drug gang violence that has driven murders to a level not seen since 2011.

In Sinaloa state, twelve people were killed in different incidents during the early hours of Sunday, according to local officials.

Battles between gangs have increased in the area following the arrest last year of Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who was extradited in January to the United States.

Nine people were killed in what prosecutors said on Sunday was a gun battle between rival drug gangs in the mountains of Mexico's west coast state of Michoacan.

The shootout took place Saturday in an isolated village of the municipality of Churumuco, which borders on Guerrero state, where eight bodies were found on the main street and another in the nearby sierra, the state prosecutor's office said in a statement.


In January 2014, the federal government effectively took over control of Michoacan for more than a year in a bid to curb violence between drug gangs and community militias that had risen up to fight extortion and kidnappings.

The region, especially Guerrero state, is the site of the worst violence in Mexico as gangs battle over fields of opium poppies, which are used to make heroin. A surge in U.S. demand for heroin has fed the violence.

Eight bodies were found in different sites around Guerrero on Sunday while another six bodies were found in Veracruz state on the Gulf of Mexico, according to local officials.

Violence in Mexico has risen to its worst since 2011. In March, there were 2020 recorded murders, the highest for any month since June 2011, according to government data.

President Enrique Pena Nieto is facing rising criticism over his handling of the spike in bloodshed.

Murders had fallen from their 2011 peak but killings began climbing again during the last two years. Guerrero is the bloodiest state while Michoacan, Sinaloa and Veracruz are in the top six states for firearms murders.

(Reporting by Lizbeth Diaz in Mexico City, Uriel Sanchez in Guerrero, Jesus Bustamante in Sinaloa, Tamara Corro in Veracruz,; Editing by Michael O'Boyle, Grant McCool and Chris Reese)

59 comments:

  1. Not in Syria, not in Iraq, not in Ukraine, not in Russia, not in Afrika, but in our neighbour Mexico!

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    1. Drug consumption and its effects know no broders. http://abc7chicago.com/news/44-killed-in-chicago-in-february;-94-murdered-so-far-in-2017/1778846/
      In our own country

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    2. This is what I simply do not get, how the media here can just flat ignore these horrors, these frequent outbreaks of the grisliest violence so close to our border. For eg, Reynosa burned over the weekend, and not a peep from US media. 'Wtf, over?'!? It's gonna consume us, as in US, one day, and ppl will be saying "how did this happen?" Just sad as hell.

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    3. Cartels aren't stupid. Violence doesn't cross the border, only if you owe money,
      They'll come get you

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    4. Mexico is not in a oil war that is why the USA news outlets do not report this. USA news outlets have become a big political joke and I no longer watch any of them. All I do is watch 10 minutes of my local news.

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    5. 5:15 mexico IS in an oil war too, the "investors" keep holding on to their money until they get paid to take over, Grupo Carso also has a goal of owning all the mexican oil they can, for free too, with government subsidies, everybody's puppets are fighting for their respective bosses, even Spain is in.

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  2. Read this early from news briefings.
    Tired of stipulating senseless behavior.
    Jobs and opportunities are what's needed for citizens from engaging in drug trafficking.
    Then again, are these individuals willing to change and become productive citizens? Do they have that mentality to achieve goals and prosperity through right means? Or is it the fast life with no care in the world nor self respect?
    Nevertheless , you can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink .

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    1. We need to make the horse thirsty. Gracias BB!

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    2. Good luck 3:20 pm. But do like your willingness!

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    3. Mexican minimum wages used to be equivalent to $2.99 USD, A DAY, but it has fallen to about $2.00 with the devaluation, because they don't get paid in dollars either.
      why? Well, blame whatever or whoever you want, but not the mexicans that have never been to Harvard or yale or stanford.

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  3. 35 of chapos people got killed

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    1. They are dropping like flys

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  4. It seems 35 is a low number. I bet they will not find those who ended up in mass graves, acid barrels, hacked up, or fed to hogs & pigs. I hear that El Mencho has started hanging captures up by the arms, and then building a fire about 6-12 inches below their feet. They work themselves trying to avoid the hot flames on their feet until they tire. Then the fire starts to work on the soles of their feet. El Mencho is a sick bastard. Mexico would be better off under a Pablo Escobar type narco trafficker. This is since the Mexican government will not do anything about the cartels.

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    1. That's not bad. Since Chinese village parties where they dip this fool in boiling hot water and just put a car door over the boiling hot water for it not to get out. The Chinese are nasty

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    2. 9:20 where can we see the chinese doing that?

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    3. 4:14 9:20 has a bordello of blood in his head,
      saw the top of his choya with the chainsaw and find that movie with a long handed spoon.
      The Holy Inquisition had to burn their victims on the stake, with green wood, according to their records, but they had to confess to their sacrilegious beliefs first, and they could volunteer of get help with enhanced interrogations, which brings to mind some ministers of the devil that favor enhanced interrogations, let's try it on them first instead of giving them "the benefit of the doubt", i'll even promise in writing that they won't be tortured until they die.

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  5. They do not even come close to actually reporting all the people killed in Mexico at any particular time. Some areas report nothing. I know people that have been killed here in Chihuahua where I live that never make the stats or the reports.

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  6. Sherman oaks Ca 91423 is ma Hood.Everything cool here.

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  7. The drug addicted Americans are the cause of all this bloodshed

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    1. Not just Mexico but other parts of the world.
      Drug epidemic world wide is an issue.

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    2. I am a Grimgo and I agree 100%

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    3. I live in Chihuahua and the amount of drug users here is staggering as well as all over Mexico. Do not fool yourself. If they did not have the USA to sell to, they would be killing for the scraps to control the drug corners and plazas here in Mexico for less money.

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    4. @6:44PM The effect of that would be that they have a lot less money to pay bribes to the cops and other public officials to buy impunity and protection. You are right they would still be fighting (for a while) for the scraps but without the Billions they now use to buy protection and bribe judges and jailers etc.

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    5. @7:13 that is EXACTLY right! Mex crime organizations are invovled in a lot, but the vast bulk of money is made from exporting drugs to the US! If they lost that they would be MUCH MUCH weaker.

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    6. If the mexican narcos had billions and billions of dollars they would kill the politicians rather than share money with them.
      Middle men may make money, but never the lion's share.

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  8. Can anybody give a legitimate reason as to why the US media ignores these deaths? Why do we focus so much on Europe and Syria and literally sweep the horrific violence and impunity in Mexico under the rug? Imagine if CNN, MSNBC and Fox put these reports in their evening news rotation.

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    1. Because they think mexico is hopeless

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    2. A shameful neglect if do say.
      It's a humanitarian crisis of great proportions.
      Great question as to why there is a blackout / censorship ?
      It's seems the media is regularly reporting Middle East concerns and conflicts. When in fact there is a war right in our backyard.
      Beginning to think Americans interests can care less of what's transpiring in Mexico?

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    3. @6:35PM. While we don't have the readership of the mainstream media giants, that is why we are here. To try to spread the word of the wars (plural) going on down here.

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    4. 7:18 reporting on billionaire criminals is suppressed here too
      but DIEGO ENRIQUE OSORNO has some bad news, had them for years.
      --teleSURtv.net/ DEA: Yes, mexican billionaire carlos slim is linked to drugs...according to DEA agent William F. DIONNE. Stratfor's Fred Burton, and Any Alan of Global Strategic Forecasting Inc.
      --Jenny Morgan (@jennyJBK) MAR 4 2015
      --The Times Mar 4 2015

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    5. Political propaganda. Look at who owns the media machines

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    6. Because Mexico doesnt care. Its worse in Mexico then it is in Iraq and Syria. But the powers that be only want money. The cartels run Mexico so the less noise the better. It will get to a point of no return and something will be done.

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    7. Mexico's problems were paid for with credit and the Merida Initiative billions of dollars, the guilty silence of the US MainStream Media can be heard all over the world, in a lot of lousy blogs that never have visitors or even one comment.
      Borderland Beat is lucky, to have the reporters and the commenters, keep that up.

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  9. sHIT..Chicago HAS THAT ON A WEEKEND

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    1. Correct! Chicago violence is rampant.
      However not as brutal nor vicious as that of Mexico. Moreover, Chicago stems from turf and retribution. In other words simple stupidity. Gang signs and gang wars all in the name of whatever.
      Such individuals who in the end up with criminal records and serious time in the penal system. Such a waste of potential talent.
      Then again it's a lack of parental guidance.

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    2. 12:38 the difference is that in Chicago it is all gangs against gangs, and the government officers are not the ones at the top of all of it as openly as the mexican government's.

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    3. Yup... cant really compare the two. Totally different.

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    4. The difference is in Chi they do drive bys and in Mexico they kick in the door . If you dont think government officials could be involved look at how crack was introduced to USA. Did Meth come from WWII? What role did Barry Seal play?

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    5. When you are an airplane 'genius pilot' with Barry Seal's record, don't bother the President of the US with your little IRS problems, His son may end flying your favorite airplane all over the US, and your girlfriend may die the next day too.

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  10. "In March, there were 2020 recorded murders" Typo..

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    1. @1:19PM I don't see a typo in that sentence. I do see kind of a technical mistake. I think the Reuters reporter made an easy mistake in reporting 2020 murders in March when in fact there were 2020 "cases" of homicide in March. Since some "cases" include more than one murder, the number of murders is greater. Business Insider reported the number of murders was 2256

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  11. Why do you say in Russia? Since when is a war or drug war in Russia? Right! There is none.

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  12. Not bad 35
    35 is to.many bit it's more

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  13. Sick people these cartel tough guys!!! I promise you if this happened in the US the sick fools would be FUBAR! America would never allow this to happen ...

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    1. You are correct! America would never allow such violent transgressions to go unpunished nor to emerge.
      One thing I am grateful here in the US is a vigilant response from law enforcement.
      Assume Mexican citizens wish the same from there government? Which it's evidently not the case!
      We can only hope for positive change .

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    2. They do wish the same but the cops and the Govt and the cartel are synonymous. It will take a massive civil war or the US to take over to straighten it all out. Its totally corrupt.

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    3. American cops, even the most corrupt do not participate in the.crimes like mexican cops do, they have unions and heath care and pensions and very good salaries, the militarized US police contractors have them in their hair sights, want to replace them with one dollar an hour chinese contractors.
      Mexican pooice officers must extort their pay from everybody, kick up the quota, keep up with their gun payments and buy their own bullets, the US ain'paying for all of that, and mexican narco-politicians don't leave money in the coffers for extravagances like that. they have fixed deposit amounts in US banks, asi que chinguenle.

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  14. Sounds like a bad Chicago weekend.

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    1. Unfortunately a pattern is evident where the weather is hot in Chicago it releases a spewed of stupidity. In other words; these
      Idiots (gangs) come out only to cause havoc.
      I guess the need to behave like an Ass is necessary!

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    2. Lately that hasn't been necessarily true. We had some weekends in Feb or Jan with dozens of shootings. It just needs to be warm enough to hang outside to spike the normal neighborhood and Facebook generated shootings.

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  15. didnt Guerrero report like over 20 violent deaths also for the weekend. 35 seems a low count, lastimosamente.

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  16. "A surge in U.S. demand for heroin has fed the violence"

    Idiotic,more areas of cultivation of poppy.The old political bullshit,when a drought is on they can demand heroin all they want,no heroin.Someone brings it to market.
    US demand,there's a few guys in Alaska demanding heroin

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    1. The drug dealers of America a.k.a. the pharmaceutical industry is to blame, painkillers.

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    2. Us big Pharma and it's lobbyists, and lawmakers are to blame for the olioid prescriptions, but the money there has been made, the addicts are on their own, but UN reports say 90% of Heroin being trafficked comes from Afghanistan since the War against the taliban/al qaeda started there.
      Mexico is allowed just some, enough to blame mexico for all of it.

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    3. You are correct as to the majority of heroin trafficking into the US if from Afghanistan.
      But due to the increasing demand for it ,Mexico is trying to monopolize that market. The profits are enormous.
      That's why many landowners are forced to leave or engage with the cultivation of such.
      Ruthless and unlawful practices are being applied in Mexico for fertile land.
      Mexico is and has become a Narco State. Government run program but without the payout to its citizens.

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    4. Since 2002 opium production increased more that 670%, but better check the UN statistics, the US army even had to reimburse afghani farmers after burning their poppy fields, don't make me dig for the report, General Dynamics also supplied "dancing boys" for some influential sheiks.

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  17. DD My point was that the drug usage is off the charts here in Mexico just as it is in the USA. They kill people here that do not pay a $30 drug debt or are just late. There would be more ruthless people wanting to make chump change to survive and it would not be just bribing the police and officials. They would be threatening them and their families. In many cases more powerful than just paying them off. There was a woman shot in the head in Santa Eulalia and the the word going around it was because she owed money for drugs she bought, and she did not have enough money to buy much. You would also see an uptick in extortion, robberies, kidnappings, car jacking and more. People here cannot carry weapons to defend themselves. It could be even more unsafe as you would see more people wanting a piece of the pie that cannot get it because of the big Narco groups that control the market. In Mexico you can get someone killed for a song and a dance. They kill 60 percent of the people that they kidnap. These criminals that work for the kingpins would be like cockroaches all over Mexico.

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    1. One bullet is more expensive than a gram of shit, but the terror it inspires is priceless,
      and imprescindible for the mexican government.

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