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Mexico deploys battle-hardened Marines to Pacific resort areas to suppress spiraling cartel violence

December 1, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexico deploys battle-hardened Marines to Pacific resort areas to suppress spiraling cartel violence Image: Agencia Enfoque

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Government officials in Mexico announced the deployment of over 2000 battle-hardened Mexican Marines and Federal Police commandos to Pacific resort areas in response to the spiraling cartel violence that has engulfed the once tranquil tourist hotspots of La Paz and Los Cabos in Baja California Sur.

The Mexican government dispatched the 1,200 Navy Infantrymen and 800 specialized federal officers, also known as Gendarmes, in response to the recent slayings of Los Cabos’ human rights commissioner Silvestre de la Toba Camacho and a state police officer in charge of the communications system in La Paz, capital of Baja California Sur.

Baja California Sur has shifted from 147 homicide cases between January and October in 2016 to 409 during the same period in 2017.

The murder of Silvestre de la Toba prompted the deployment f the specialized troops to the Baja California

Ricardo Barroso Agramont, the senator of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), told press outlet BCS Noticias that the Mexican Navy would take over command of the state and local police in La Paz and Los Cabos.

The Gendarmes or gendarmerie is a federal unit established in 2014 for hotspots where the municipal and state police are unable to combat cartel violence. The Gendarmerie officers are given special training in Colombia, Chile, Spain, France, and the U.S.

The escalation in violence in Baja California Sur is associated with a split within the Sinaloa cartel and the rapid expansion of Jalisco New Generation Cartel or CJNG, who seek to gain control of primary beach resort areas.

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