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Drug Violence Spreads to Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa

By: Staff | Real Acapulco News - 27 April, 2011

Over the past few days, popular tourist destination Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa has suffered a spate of incidents of narco-related violence prompting speculation that the peaceful tourist oasis may see an increase in bloodshed similar to the rising incidences of drug-related killings that have plagued its nearby neighbors, the state of Michoacán and the port of Acapulco.

On April 21, two bodies in an advanced state of putrefaction were encountered about 200 meters from the highway near the city’s airport.

On April 24 in the wee hours of the night, a severed head was discovered in front of Zihuatanejo’s main bus terminal. A “narco-message” was reportedly left at the scene but its contents were not released to the public. It is alleged to have been left by the Sinaloa Cartel threatening various local cartel members and their supporters and to have singled out several prominent members of the local community as well as the preventative police force.

On April 25, at approximately 2:30 pm, a group of cartel members clashed with military personnel in Ixtapa’s Playa Linda area resulting in the deaths of four gunmen and the recovery of several vehicles as well as several large caliber weapons.

Today, April 27, at approximately 4:30 am the bodies of four men were found tortured and decapitated in the Los Almendros area of Zihuatanejo. The bodies were found together with a series of seven narco-messages reportedly signed by Chapo Guzmán and the Sinaloa Cartel.

Locals attribute the recent upsurge in violence to increased activity by drug cartels in the area as La Familia Michoacana and more recent arrival, the powerful Sinaloa Cartel, battle with the remnants of the local criminal infrastructure left behind by captured cartel linchpin, The Barbie.

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Anonymous's picture

you got to go some time why not in zihuat

scaried to leave your house ? drive down the road accidents every day killing people. dont drive or ride stay home, stay at home some one might come and shoot you ...... go to zihuat. our lives have a chance of getting hurt every day. sit in corner and die if your scared. jmh minnesota

Anonymous's picture

Ixtapa/Zihuat

Does anyone know the best time to travel to Ixtapa? Also planning for 2013 and would like cheapest fair. Is it safe enough to go there this year?

Anonymous's picture

drug issue

We will be having our wedding in May 2012 in Ixtapa and am worried about the violence. Have any tourists been involved in Ixtapa? Thanks

Anonymous's picture

yes

yes they have they take there houses and cars. some even killed you just dont hear about it ,local resident.

Anonymous's picture

Mexican Drug Cartels

There is a way to get rid of the Cartels, and make a ton of money for the US. Legalize drugs. Once the risk of arrest is removed, the prices drop, the product would be made or grown in the US, and there would be no more money for the Cartels.

Anonymous's picture

Wow, so sad to hear about all

Wow, so sad to hear about all the violence in Zi. In was there about 25 years ago and may go back next year on our anniversary (25). Many cities in the US are extremely violent too. Guess you need to be cautious in Mexico, America, Europe or anywhere else.
Hope it gets better soon.

Anonymous's picture

Ixtapa & Zi.

We have been going to Ixtapa for the winter the last 15 years we rent a villa on Palma Real golf course. Never had a problem. Last winter (Feb. 2011) no problem but fewer people. 2012 we are staying Jan., Feb. & March. We are concerned about the crime but feel if we are careful where we go we will be OK. However we love the resturants in ZI. and are worried about the travel back and forth from Ixtapa. Does anyone have an update on that situation?

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Feel free to post questions to the forum

Hello all,

We've created a new forum about Mexico. We originally started a forum for Real Acapulco, but decided it was too small in scope and what's more, it's a bit of a drag constantly taking about drug war stuff so we created a new site recently.

You can talk about Zihuatanejo in our Zihuatanejo forum and Ixtapa in the Ixtapa forum.

Hope to see you there!

El diablo sabe más por viejo que por diablo.

Anonymous's picture

my dream vacation for the last 30 years no more: ZIHUATENEJO

To my great dismay and horror I just opened 7 different websites each with more or less the same message that once tranquil and safe Zihuatenejo, where I used to vacation on the lovely Playa de la Ropa has finally become ciudad de la muerta or City of the Dead. Seeing these gruesome pics of decapitated men made me cry as this seems to be definitely the end of a 30 year long dream location where I have made many great friends and hoped to get old , each winter in peace. But no...this is beyond words of
description. Google these magazines and papers for yourself and pray that some day in the not too distant future this country called Mexico may once more become the surreal lovely place with friendly locals I had come to love so much over the last 30 odd years. Xaviera Hollander.

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unfortunately...

Yes, unfortunately the problems that are present in the rest of Guerrero have started up in Zihua and Ixtapa. It is really sad. It started the same way in Acapulco. I was surprised that it didn't start sooner as Zihua has the exact same dynamics as Acapulco, only on a smaller scale, but still very sad. Zihua was (and is) a fantastic place - a bit like Acapulco must have been 50 years ago. Guerrero's been especially unlucky. Maybe that the federal government has - about 3 years too late - sent a large number of military and state police, maybe something will happen. They need to start by cleaning up the local police or nothing's even going to change.

El diablo sabe más por viejo que por diablo.

Anonymous's picture

Unsafe to travel?

I am supposed to have my wedding in Zihua in less than 1 month. Is it unsafe to have my friends and family travel there? How close is the violence to tourist locations? Any advice??

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Don't worry about the

Don't worry about the violence... if you didn't read about it, you wouldn't even know there was a problem. You can proceed without worrying. It's really not a problem that effects visitors.

El diablo sabe más por viejo que por diablo.

Anonymous's picture

Our precious La Ropa

I too am saddened. There seems to be no solution.

Anonymous's picture

Zihaut Drug Issue

Is it just a matter of time before the drug gangs start killing tourists to frighten the government to stay out of their "business"? It saddens me greatly, as we visit Mexico least twice a year, and absolutely LOVE the people & their culture. The violence IS escalating, and many cruise ships don't even go down there any longer. So sad.......

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I seriously doubt that...

I seriously doubt that...

El diablo sabe más por viejo que por diablo.

Anonymous's picture

zihuat drug issue

While this is a sad thing to hear, it's reassuring to know that unlike Canada and the U.S, the violence is limited to gang on gang as opposed to a spray of gunfire that hurts innocent civilians ( like in Vancouver BC).

Anonymous's picture

Zihuat/Ixtapa

We spent Jan., Feb. & Mar. 2012 in the area. Rented a Villa on Palma Real Golf course. Spent many evening meals in both cities. Never encountered any problems or violence. We have been going for the past 15 years and are returning in 2013. We love it!

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