13 Killed, 14 Decapitated in Hours in Acapulco
Wave of violence sweeps tourist mecca
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2011 6:42 AM CST
Mexican policemen are reflected in the glass of a taxi that was found stuffed with six bodies in Acapulco, Mexico, Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011.   (AP Photo/Bernandino Hernandez)
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(Newser) – This won't exactly help tourism: Acapulco, once known more for its white sand than its white powder, began its weekend with 27 drug cartel-related murders in a matter of hours. Police found 14 decapitated men, along with a 15th corpse, in a shopping center alongside handwritten warnings from a Sinaloa cartel, reports the AP.

Six more bodies were found shot and stuffed into a taxi; four others were found elsewhere in the city, and two cops were gunned down—the only casualties to occur in a tourist-heavy area. Armed men also stormed a police station, wounding two more cops. "We are coordinating with federal forces and local police to reinforce security in Acapulco," said a Guerrero state cop.