16 Criminal Narco Cells Sink Acapulco with a Wave of Violence

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In the last 21 months there have been more than 1,300 deaths in the city that was once considered a tourist paradise : Reforma/ Sunday Edition

Acapulco, Guerrero: At least 16 criminal cells have plunged Acapulco into a wave of violence.

In the last 21 months, according to the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System, there have been more than 1,300 deaths in the city that were once considered a tourist paradise.

According to an internal report from the municipal Public Security Secretariat (SSP), the city is hit by hitmen cells that are divisions of the Acapulco Independent Cartel (CIDA), an arm in the port city of what was once the organization of the Beltrán Leyva, directed by Édgar Valdez Villarreal, “La Barbie”.

According to the report, CIDA is currently the strongest cartel, as it controls the distribution of drugs and the collection of business fees for all commercial transfers. (charging piso or extorsion)

It operates in the Miguel Alemán Coastal, the center of the city, and more than 80 Colonias in the western area, in addition to the Las Cruces prison.

“Los Virus”, the second most important group, controls part of Zona Diamante or Diamond Zone and Puerto Marqués and another part of the Miguel Alemán Coastal Area, according to the report.

The other 14 criminal cells, referred to in the report as “atomized gangs,” act on their own in suburban Colonias and rural communities. In the absence of security, in several Colonias the neighbors have imposed a kind of “curfew” at night to avoid being victims of crime.

Criminal organizations also operate the collection of weekly fees for public transport.

In addition, when a criminal group suffers the detention of one of its members by the authorities, they force the transport drivers to carry out blockages.

Businessmen and transporters say that the battle between these criminal groups has accentuated the collection of piso, kidnappings and homicides.

Alejandro Martínez Sidney, leader in Acapulco of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce, said that the inhabitants of this municipality live in an unstoppable situation of violence.The businessmen who have their businesses in the Coastal, Zona Centro , ie Downtown, Diamond Zone, Puerto Marques, he said, continue to pay fees to the crime groups to be able to work. 
Taxi drivers are huge targets for collecting piso, being forced into working as halcones (or hawks ie outlooks) or making pick ups and deliveries in order to pay their “fees to operate”.

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