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Mexican Military fires entire police force, arrests top officials in Acapulco over cartel connections

October 5, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican Military fires entire police force, arrests top officials in Acapulco over cartel connections

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Mexico’s military has disarmed and replaced the entire police team in the popular tourist hot-spot of Acapulco. The decision takes place as part of a probe into the agency’s links with drug cartels.

At the same time, officials took two prominent police commanders into custody on charges of murder, and also arrested the transit police chief on weapons charges. The entire law enforcement unit is being investigated.

The surprise bust occurred this week in Acapulco when over 100 Mexican Marines and federal officers raided the municipal police headquarters in Acapulco, Guerrero, and arrested two police commanders after they were accused of murder.

As part of the bust, the military forces seized all of the firearms that officers carried or had been issued. The move comes after a string of investigations that tied police to drug cartels in the area, Breitbart Texas reported.

Authorities named the two top police commanders as Luis Fernando “N” also known as El Fenix, and Brayan Antonio “N” also known as El Brayan. Both men are considered “operational commanders” and are suspects in a murder case.

The rest of the force is under investigation for other related charges. According to Breitbart Texas, citing Mexican law enforcement sources, authorities are also investigating transit police chief Jose Rafael Rivas Valdez, who assumed control of that agency two years ago.

Officials in Guerrero state confirmed that during the probe, they discovered that the director of the transit police was in possession of illegal weapons. They later arrested him.

The operation occurred soon after the mayor-elect of Acapulco Adela Roman Ocampo became the victim of cartel threats. The threats urged the politician to not take control of the police forces in Acapulco.

Guerrero has become a battleground were various cartel factions continue to battle for control of the state’s drug production territories and shipping ports.

Soon after the large-scale sweep by the Mexican military forces, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico announced a travel warning advising tourists to avoid the state of Guerrero due to high crime in the area.

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