By “El Huaso” For Borderland Beat
The contributors at Borderland Beat aim to cover newsworthy and relevant stories related to organized crime and security in Mexico. However, this means that we sometimes miss the many small footprints left by organized crime groups around the country. This article aims to cover more of these events which do not merit a full article.
Guanajuato, Celaya – Manuel Pacheco López, an officer on the security detail of Celaya’s Secretary of Citizen Security, Jesús Ignacio Rivera Peralta, was killed after an ambush while driving, reported El Universal. 53 police officers have been killed in Guanajuato state this year, the most violent state for police in Mexico, according to Causa en Comun. 17 of these deaths have occurred in the city of Celaya.
Guanajuato, Salamanca – The bodies of two men were found on a dirt road near Valle de Santiago, reported Periodico Correo.
Guanajuato, Valle de Santiago – A woman was killed by armed gunmen who burst into her home, shooting her, reported Periodico Correo. This attack is exemplary of violence between criminal groups in Guanajuato, as it was perpetrated by hitmen on motorbikes, lasted just a few seconds from arrival to exit, and occurred at the victims home or business in broad daylight.
For a more in-depth look at what cartel violence looks like in Guanajuato, read this article.
Michoacán, La Piedad – Three men escaped from a prison, reported Dominio Publico.
Guerrero, Acapulco – 922 kilos of cocaine were seized by the Mexican navy from two smuggling speedboats, reported Quadratin Guerrero.