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Cartel Turf War Has Violence in Acapulco Spiraling Out of Control

August 19, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Cartel Turf War Has Violence in Acapulco Spiraling Out of Control

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In the last decade Acapulco has succumbed to the violence associated with the cartel battles plaguing the country, transforming this once pristine resort city into a war zone .

Now, a turf war between rival drug cartels over the vital port city has led to the recent surge in killings and kidnappings.

The Acapulco cartel war has led to the skyrocketing number of daily murders.

On August 12,  Five individuals were murdered in a local restaurant. Guerrero State Governor Rogelio Ortega Martinez says the violence was affecting other parts of the state as well, but the string of murders were a result of fighting between the Sinaloa Federation and the Cártel de Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG).

Both cartels are not only battling for local control, but also trying to displace the Independent Cartel of Acapulco, a smaller regional drug trafficking group.

Ortega Martinez indicated the Coordination Group of Guerrero have conducted several meetings to discuss security policy and strategies for addressing this wave of violence.

To date, no security strategy implemented in the state last has done much to curb drug-related violence.

Acapulco’s ports are a logistical gold mine for the importation of precursor chemicals from Asia used to make methamphetamine.

The Sinaloa Federation and smaller groups like the Knights Templar and La Familia Michoacana have focused heavily on meth production and distribution, partly as a way to hedge shifting demand for marijuana and cocaine.

Until 2010, the CJNG was an armed wing of the Federation, but splintered to become their own independent organization and is leveraging production and distribution networks and contacts it used while affiliated with the Federation.

The city has seen waves of violence in the past. Dating back to 2005 when Los Zetas were initiating the trend of beheading and dismembering their enemies. Acapulco used to be the stronghold of the Beltran Leyva cartel and Edgar Valdez Villarreal aka ‘La Barbie,”  who conducted bloody battles with rivals and amongst eachother.

Competition in the city has been fierce in recent years, with as many as six major criminal groups vying for control of territory there.

As long as the demand for meth continues here in the US, the competition and resulting violence will likely continue in Acapulco.

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