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article imageDrug-related violence rising in Mexico

By Elliot Meszaros     Mar 14, 2010 in Crime
Violence stemming from drugs left four people decapitated and a further 21 dead last Saturday in Mexico's southern Guerrero state.
According to officials, four decapitated bodies were found overnight; two bodies were discovered west of resort city and another pair on Scenic Avenue in downtown Acapulco.
More recent drug-related violence includes the fatal shooting of 5 police officers by one gunman in Tulchingo.
Officials also added that another 4 civilians were found dead around Acapulco.
160 kilometers north of Acapulco, in Ajuchitlan del Progreso, 11 suspected drug-traffickers were killed after soldiers were fired upon during an army-unit's raid on a home.
After knocking on the door soldiers "were greeted with a hail of bullets, forcing them to return fire triggering the shootout," reported Valentin Diaz, a Guerrero Investigative Police chief.
As well as this local police have revealed that the corpse of a 33-year-old Vision Informativa reporter was found riddled with bullets 100 kilometres north-east of Acapulco in Chilpancingo, Guerrero's state capital.
In just three years more than 15,000 people have been killed by drug-related crime in Mexico. Due to this a nationwide clampdown on the increasing violence has been put in place using measures such as the deployment of tens of thousands of government troops.
Drug routes to the north are often fought over by drug organizations as business is very lucrative in the United States.
The brutal "La Familia" drug cartel is one of the leading powers in the states of Guerrero and neighbouring Michoacan. The organization is easily one of the most powerful trafficking groups in the country.
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