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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Gangland Attacks in Puebla Leave 12 Dead in 72 Hours

"Morogris" for Borderland Beat

In the last 72 hours, twelve people were killed across Puebla in apparent gang-related activities. A couple of weeks ago in Huejotzingo, four people (including three university students) were killed in a shootout. Their deaths triggered a wave of students protests across Puebla.

An apparent drive-by shootout in Puebla left four men and one woman dead in the early hours of this Monday, March 2. Neighbors of Las Ánimas neighborhood, in the municipality of Amozoc, reported two vehicles in pursuit and at least 30 gunshots.

Officers of the Municipal Police and the Mexican Army arrived at the scene and confirmed that the driver was killed along with two other suspects, whose bullet-ridden bodies were found on the street next to the vehicle. Two more suspects were taken to the hospital, but they died from their wounds later in the day.

The identities of the victims were unknown by press time, but authorities stated this was a direct attack and they did not discard the possibility of it being a "settling of scores" between organized crime groups operating in the area.

In the municipality of Huauchinango, a man died inside a tunnel that was being used to illegally extract fuel. Later that day, several human remains were found inside plastic bags in a park in the state's capital. Other killings reported in Puebla included a taxi driver, who was shot dead in a drive-by shooting; a taco business owner, who was tortured and found dead inside a house; and a motorcyclist, who was shot by unknown assailants in Atlixco municipality.

Turf wars

Puebla is a strategic state for Mexico’s illegal fuel industry. Known as the "Red Triangle", the area is a lucrative turf for oil smugglers and is now a major battleground for the control of the oil theft business. There are several fuel pipelines that cross and intersect through Puebla. Many of them reach Veracruz, Hidalgo and the State of Mexico. The Puebla-Orizaba highway is also one of the busiest in the country for freight transportation.

In addition, violence has increased in recent years because Puebla is one of the states with the least resources invested in the fight against organized crime. While there are states that allocate between 5 and 6 percent of their year budget to this initiative, Puebla barely had a 2 percent spend in 2019; more than half of Puebla’s total spend is used to cover outstanding fees from previous years.

Puebla was one of the most peaceful states in Mexico prior to the arrival of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) in early 2017.

Source(s): Puebla OnlineEl Universal; Almanaque; El Popular; Diario Angelopolitano


  1. What the hell, where is the National Guard? Where is Obradors 350 special elite forces!

  2. The fact there is a known oil theft ring going on in Mexico just proves how bad it is there. Totally lawless country that will go the way of Venezuala soon. Stupid Mexicans... so full of pride they just stand and watch as their country collapses.

    1. @9:10 cmon man Mexico is sure violent as hell but will become Like venezuela??? México is well Developed compare to other countries

    2. 9:10 It is already !

      To me "the little I know" Seems the difference is that most people in Mexico still have food and many gangs have guns
      And the word "Socialist Gov. Has a different meaning there and is run by A different Mentality of What Corrupt Power is Stil both are run on Drug Cartels Greed Power
      Mexico is closer to USA I really think that has alot to do with it also.. Closer to USA they Pretend to care for Democracy Ties to USA business and other common interests is the only Reason Mexico looks better but its not Really!!

    3. México is no where anything like Venezuela... I live in México and there are many people from Venezuela, Colombia, Cuba coming here.. Some hoping to go to the US but may are content staying here. Look at how much a dollar is worth in Venezuela compared to Mexico. That will tell you everything you need to know.

  3. AMLO is corrupt.

  4. Yeah and the 3 university students killed were also 'involved', right!

  5. Wonder about all recent talk about the investers and the export of Mexicos oil
    Wow you would think The investors and the people of Mexico ALMO would be throwing a fit when all this started
    A country to have this amount of fuel could Really help its economy and the people So I gonna assume the drillers owners of trucks Refinerys etc are all involoved in these thefts
    Otherwise why is it ALLOWED to continue ?

    Someone Tell me What business in Mexico is Not tied to illegal activities ? Just Name one ..

    1. O.K. How about ????.
      Hijole, you are right. I was sure I could do it but try as I might I could not. Even selling tacos on the street, scavanging for stuff to sell can be indirectly or directly tied to the Mexican narco-world.

  6. Puro vago tecato huevon bandillero hay en puebla pura escoria


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