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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Gunmen Kidnap 7 from Chihuahua Drug Rehab


Gunmen kidnapped five patients and two employees of a drug rehabilitation center in Cuauhtemoc, a city in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua, prosecutors said.

The masked gunmen entered the facility Tuesday and grabbed four people, including two employees, who were inside.

Three patients who had managed to get out of the building were stopped by the gunmen on a nearby street a few minutes later and forced into an automobile at gunpoint.

The kidnapping was staged at the CAADIC drug rehabilitation center in the Tierra Nueva section of Cuauhtemoc, Attorney General’s Office Northern Zone spokeswoman Alexa Lara said.

Gunmen working for drug cartels have staged a number of attacks in recent years on drug treatment centers in Mexico, especially in the northern region of the country.

The attacks on rehab centers apparently target individuals who are using the facilities to sell drugs on rivals’ turf, officials say.

Earlier this week, marines rescued 66 people being held against their will at an unlicensed drug rehabilitation center in the Gulf state of Veracruz and arrested eight people, the Navy Secretariat said.

The marines went to the Solo por Hoy Vivire facility in the city of Boca del Rio after receiving a tip from a citizen and found 20 women packed into a tiny room, the secretariat said.

A search of the building turned up 46 men who were locked in a cell, the secretariat said.

The operation also resulted in the seizure of 190 doses of cocaine and marijuana.

On June 7, gunmen attacked the La Victoria drug rehabilitation center in Torreon, a city in the northern state of Coahuila, killing 13 people.

Gunmen attacked the Anexo de Liberacion y Adicciones treatment center on Dec. 5 in Ciudad Juarez, a border city in Chihuahua state that is considered Mexico’s murder capital, killing three people and wounding seven others.

At least 10 armed men went into the clinic and opened fire, officials said.

Gunmen killed 18 people at a drug treatment center located two blocks from a police station and the Santa Fe international bridge in Ciudad Juarez, which lies just across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas, on Sept. 3, 2009.

Nineteen people were killed and six others wounded in an attack on a drug rehabilitation center in Chihuahua city, the state capital, on June 11, 2010.

Gunmen killed 13 people on Oct. 24 at a drug rehabilitation center in the northwestern border city of Tijuana.

The attack occurred at the El Camino treatment center in east Tijuana, which is in Baja California state.


  1. Sounds like these places are to be avoided at all cost, it's safer to continue useing drugs then get lifted only to get your head severed,
    Really now there's got to be more to this then just selling drugs out of rehabs, each one must have different storys, list all the reasons why and if any investigations have been done on these.

  2. They're trying to leave no witness,an earlier article suggested that the rehabs were hideouts for cartel members trying to leave the trade,or cool off

  3. Damn, that's terrible. Why do people still allow themselves to get kidnapped if their fate is going to be worse than death!? Torture.

  4. How much is 190 doses? JP

  5. I'm wondering if i should cancel my plans to go to rehab in Mexico.

  6. Cross rehab off the list for safe things to do in Mexico. Can the cartels not pollute anything? Next thing you know Priests will be dealing after Sunday sermons.And we'll say, "Is nothing sacred in Mexico"

  7. One our readers said " ... there's got to be more to this then just selling drugs out of rehabs, each one must have different storys, list all the reasons why and if any investigations have been done on these."

    I don't really have aclue what goes in in Mexican drug rehabs, but here is one possible idea:

    People who stop using street drugs often experience insight, remorse and guilt from the things they done. Some get "religion" and all this is good for them and their loved ones.

    But, all these socially positive changes might be a threat to the narcos and their sicarios. In this evil world "good" is bad. And "bad" is good. So an addict turns "good" become dangerous to the evil doers. He/she might become a snitch. This cannot be tolerated so kill them all seems a logical thing to do.

    Just thinking out loud.


  8. I think most of these theories are off base, they are, or have become safehouses for small time dealers and gunmen loyal to cartels, so they are targeted. Just like cab stands, taco vendors, etc whose operators may or may not be involved in the drug trade, in one way or another. Also, I'm sure there are mistakes, or bad information, and people just being 'safe then sorry', and also overkill, which explains the masssacres.

  9. Its disgusting. The treatment rehabs should take care of their patients. I have read your above post and very shocked about this misshapen. Drug treatment rehabs should be very conscious about their patients care and security.


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