Wednesday, August 24, 2011

On Acapulco's Mayhem

Here's a brief rundown. Highlights:

As a key entryway for South American cocaine, the city has long been an attractive piece of real estate for drug gangs, with agents of the Sinaloa Cartel battling the Zetas as far back as 2005. But breakdowns in the coherence of the hegemonic networks in Mexico have transformed Acapulco from the site of a battle between two competing gangs to an anarchic mess of newer groups. Much of the recent surge in violence stems from battles between the Independent Cartel of Acapulco (known as CIDA for its initials in Spanish), which is made up of the remains of the network run by Edgar Valdez Villarreal until his arrest in September 2010, and the South Pacific Cartel, a newly emerging gang that is loosely affiliated with the Beltran Leyvas.

Other smaller gangs such as the Barredora, which saw 10 members arrested for a litany of crimes earlier this month, are also carving out a toehold. The increase in petty crimes like armed robbery and car theft also suggests a rise in smaller groups capitalizing on the climate of insecurity, though they are less active in the international cocaine trade. At the same time, larger groups like the Zetas, the Sinaloa Cartel, and the Familia Michoacana continue to compete for space in this city of some 700,000 residents.

6 comments:

Diego said...

Hi PC,

Are you sure about the murder numbers before 2011? They look way too high and might include accidents and suicides. According to the INEGI there were ~500 murders in 2009.

pc said...

Huh. And crap. I got that from the CNN piece linked in mine, and I didn't double check against Inegi, though they didn't look out of line with the statewide numbers from ICESI. Might also be homocidios culposos. Anyway, I appreciate the heads up.

pc said...

Hey do you have a link? I can't get it to show up from the Inegi site on my computer, the tabulados básicos isn't working.

pc said...

Yeah the stat from CNN was violent deaths, thanks again for the catch.

Diego said...

This is the link to the INEGI

pc said...

Thanks.