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All Cops in a Once-Glam Beach City Just Got Busted

Acapulco's police force was believed to be infiltrated by gangs

(Newser) - Marines surrounded a facility Tuesday in the Mexican beach town of Acapulco, rounding up hundreds of people and stripping them of "weapons, ballistic vests, cartridges, and communication radios," a spokesman for a joint law enforcement and military task force says, per CNN . Those arrested included Acapulco's entire... More »

Powerful Quake Rattles Mexico City, Acapulco

No major reports of damage so far after magnitude-7.2 quake

(Newser) - A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico today, sending panicked people into the streets. No early reports of major damage or casualties surfaced, despite widespread accounts of shattered windows and falling debris. The US Geological Survey said the quake was centered northwest of Acapulco, where many Mexicans... More »

Storms Killed Almost 100 in Mexico

Some complain that the government isn't helping

(Newser) - At least 97 people have been confirmed dead in the wake of the tropical storm double-whammy that hit Mexico this week, Mexican authorities announced today—and that's not counting the many still missing. In the small town of La Pintada, for instance, 68 of the town's 800 residents... More »

Storm Maroons 40K Tourists in Acapulco

All fighting for tickets on the few flights out

(Newser) - Probably not the beach holiday they were hoping for: An estimated 40,000 tourists are stuck in Acapulco, after the Mexican resort was flooded and hit with 13 landslides thanks to Tropical Storm Manuel . Some 2,000 have already been evacuated, but the rest are stuck fighting for a coveted... More »

Mexican AG: Rapists Have Confessed, Case Closed

Acapulco moving swiftly in gang rape of 6 Spanish tourists

(Newser) - Mexico is moving swiftly to put to rest the gang rape of six Spanish tourists in Acapulco: All six suspects in custody have admitted everything, AG Jesus Murillo Karam told a news conference today, according to CNN . "There are already six arrests, confessed, totally confessed the full story of... More »

Cops Nab 5 in Mexico Tourist Rapes

One woman wasn't attacked because she was Mexican: official

(Newser) - Mexican police have arrested five suspects in the alleged gang-rape of six Spanish tourists in Acapulco. There are seven total suspects in the attack, says the leader of fifty investigators on the case; the suspects are all between 20 and 30 years old. The arrested suspects' family members are protesting... More »

6 Tourists Gang-Raped in Acapulco

Masked gunmen invade beach house

(Newser) - Police in Acapulco are hunting a gang of men behind a vicious, hours-long attack on a group of Spanish tourists. The five armed and masked attackers raped six Spanish women after forcing their way into a rented beach house and tying up their six male companions, CNN reports. Authorities say... More »

Dozens Killed in Wave of Mexican Drug Violence

More than 40 bodies found in three locales

(Newser) - Dozens of people were murdered in the last week in a new surge of Mexican drug attacks. Fourteen bodies were found in the state of San Luis Potosi, 17 in the port of Acapulco, and 12 in Mexico City itself, a locale relatively shielded from drug violence, reports the Los ... More »

3 Dead in 6.5 Mexico Quake

No major damage reported

(Newser) - A magnitude-6.5 earthquake struck in Mexico's western Guerrero state last night, shaking buildings and causing panic in the nation's capital and the Pacific resort of Acapulco. Officials say at least three people died, but there were no reports of widespread damage. One man was killed when a... More »

2 Peacocks, 19 Prostitutes Found in Mexico Prison

You gotta wonder what they were in for...

(Newser) - Ah, the finer things in life: marijuana, booze, sex, cockfighting, exotic birds—if you live in Acapulco, all this and more can be found at a prison near you. Mexican authorities conducted a surprise search of the Acapulco penitentiary yesterday morning and found 19 prostitutes, two sacks of marijuana, 100... More »

5 Severed Heads Left at Mexican School

Discovery comes as teachers strike over extortion threats

(Newser) - Another gruesome discovery in Mexico: Police found a crate with five severed heads outside a primary school in Acapulco, reports the BBC . The victims haven't been identified. The not-so-subtle threat comes amid a teachers' strike in the once-popular resort city, notes NPR . Educators refuse to reopen schools because they... More »

Five Women Stripped, Throats Slashed in Mexico

All connected to same beauty parlor, but police have no motive

(Newser) - Four women and a 14-year-old girl were found brutally murdered, with their throats slashed, in the Mexican beach resort of Acapulco yesterday, reports Reuters . All were connected to a local beauty parlor, although police say they don't have a motive yet. Three were found stripped and bound in the... More »

5 Kids Killed in 5 Days in Acapulco

Youngest victim just 2 as crisis that's claimed 35K continues

(Newser) - The body of 4-year-old girl who had been shot in the chest was discovered yesterday, the fifth child killed in less than a week as drug violence rages on in Acapulco. The girl was found in a car next to a woman who’d been shot several times; police didn’... More »

53 Killed in 72 Hours in Ciudad Juarez

City has seen 8 deaths per day this year

(Newser) - The number is a hefty one even for the crime-ridden town of Ciudad Juarez: 53 dead in one of the deadliest 72-hour periods the Mexican city has recently seen. Police tell CNN that 14 were killed on Thursday; 20 on Friday; and 19 on Saturday, including a police officer shot... More »

13 Killed, 14 Decapitated in Hours in Acapulco

Wave of violence sweeps tourist mecca

(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... More »

Kidnapped Tourists Found in Mexican Mass Grave

YouTube video leads police to 18 bodies

(Newser) - Investigators believe 18 bodies found in a mass grave near Acapulco are members of a group of Mexican tourists kidnapped a month ago . Police were led to the mass grave by a video posted on YouTube, in which two men answering questions from an unseen interrogator say they killed the... More »

Gunmen in Acapulco Kidnap 22 Men

Resort city has been plagued by drug violence

(Newser) - Gunmen kidnapped 22 men who were traveling together in Mexico's Pacific coast resort city of Acapulco, authorities said today. The group was visiting from the western city of Morelia and looking for a place to stay when they were abducted Thursday. Witnesses said the men, ranging in age 17 to... More »

7 Killed in Acapulco Shootout

Mob justice on the rise amid relentless cartel violence

(Newser) - At least seven people were killed in Acapulco yesterday in what police believe was a clash between rival drug gangs. Guns and grenades were used to attack a house in a residential part of the resort city, AP reports. Further north, suspected cartel hitmen killed the mayor of a small... More »

6 Killed in Acapulco Shootout

Police battle drug hit men in center of resort

(Newser) - Six people were killed yesterday after a gun battle broke out between police and suspected drug cartel assassins in the heart of Acapulco's tourist district. The shootout—in broad daylight along a hotel-lined boulevard—didn't kill any tourists, official say. The victims included a mother and her 8-year-old daughter, who... More »

24 Die in Drug Violence in Mexican Resort

Violent outbreak as spring break travelers descend on Acapulco

(Newser) - A series of shootings killed 24 people yesterday in the Mexican state that holds the resort city of Acapulco, even as thousands were arriving for spring break. Two decapitated men were found on a scenic road packed with nightclubs, while another was found shot to death on the edge of... More »

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