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Drug War Murders Along the Mexican Riveria: Acapulco

Updated on February 15, 2011

Mexico's drug war and their cartels are now fighting for its once famed Acapulco, ex-home to thousands of tourists each year. A city of more than one million, it suffered last year over 400 murders tied to drug cartels. On one recent weekend, 30 bloodied bodies were found by the police. The drug gangs have been busy fighting one another but the repercussions on tourism are dire. Occupancy levels at hotels is at 45%. In 2005, they were at 75%. Its famed discos and bars are now usually half empty or have locals hanging out.

The word is out on Twitter and Facebook about the situation. Locals claim it is still safe for tourists. Acapulco' problem is really a product of its own greed. For many years, the city has tolerated the drug cartels and their selling of drugs in bars in small amounts, now, the cartels want more due to demand. There are killings every day but near the fringe of the city or on the other side of hills that surround it. The local prosecutor has been quite busy, from handling 2-3 murders a month, he now has 4-5 per week!

With drug cartel factions battling it out for who controls the Acapulco area, tourists are saying, "adios" to the once, famous, Mexican riveria. 


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    • perrya profile image

      perrya 6 years ago

      Weird about the twitter and facebook. How are they finding you? try to translate by using the translator on, click on translate. See if you can copy the text into the window and see if Arabic is one of the languages.

    • Pollyannalana profile image

      Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

      Well if anyone there has more of a brain than our President who holds back all law enforcement here in our country maybe they will finally do something. Do you remember the huge amount of money Hillary was suppose to be talking with Mexico's leader with when they first got in office? I am not talking about the $600 million Obama took for border patrol he doesn't allow either, this was long ago. I wonder what happened to any of that. Does no one know or care?

      That reminds me I am getting a lot of Arabic emails from different men and even followed on twitter and Facebook. Of course I can't read it to see if I am being threatened or what, any suggestions?