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Mexican police find the bodies of 20 Acapulco tourists
San Antonio Express News ^ | 11/04/2010 | By Dudley Althaus - Houston Chronicle

Posted on 11/05/2010 7:08:01 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd

MEXICO CITY — Yet another macabre mystery of Mexico's drug war — the presumed slaughter of 20 tourists in Acapulco — apparently has been solved by thugs who detained the killers, posted their confessions on the Internet, then murdered them and led police to the crime scene.

Police were searching for two more bodies Thursday in a coconut grove near the Pacific Coast resort, where they had pulled 18 bodies from a shallow grave Wednesday. Though officials are waiting for DNA evidence or identification by relatives today, those in the grave are believed to be the tourists from neighboring Michoacán state who were abducted in Acapulco five weeks ago.

The men had vanished shortly after arriving in Acapulco — which in recent times has become known as much for brutality as beaches — for what family members said was an annual party weekend.

Police were led to the grave site Wednesday by an anonymous call alerting them to the bodies of two murdered men lying side by side in the brush not far from the Acapulco airport. A placard left with the bodies advised authorities that “those they killed are buried here.”

A video posted earlier Wednesday on YouTube showed an efficiently conducted interrogation of the two men, one of whom confessed to helping snatch and kill 20 tourists at the behest of Edgar “La Barbie” Valdez, a Texas-born narcotics trafficker. Until his arrest near Mexico City in late August, La Barbie was considered one of the Mexican underworld's more vicious leaders.

The person conducting the interrogation is neither identified nor visible.

The tourists, who had arrived in Acapulco in four vehicles bearing Michoacán plates, apparently were believed to be members of La Familia, Michoacán's homegrown mafia that has distinguished itself with savagery. They were seized near the beach city's premier hotels by armed men traveling in SUVs without license plates, witnesses said.

Their families have insisted the abducted men were not gangsters.

“Check out their identities,” the sobbing wife of one of the men implored the kidnappers in a televised interview days after the abduction. “These are working people.”

No ransom demand was ever received for the men, and they haven't been heard from again.

Their alleged killers said in the video confession the tourists were targeted in revenge for La Familia's winning control of a small city from La Barbie's narcotics gang.

“This was all done because of La Familia,” one of the men said in the video, which appeared to be filmed in the stairway of a house. “Because they took control of Altamirano.”

Gangsters in recent months have used such Internet-broadcast confessions to discredit police and other officials or accuse rivals of atrocities. In several cases, federal authorities have made arrests based on the video-taped confessions.

In another video posted on YouTube two weeks ago, a man identified as an Acapulco city policeman also confessed to taking part in the abduction.

Questioned police-style, with rifles pointed at his head, the man said he also worked for La Barbie. He accused senior members of the local and state police forces of directing the crime.

A bustling port and a resort still favored by many Mexicans, Acapulco has been a major battlefield in the four years of heightened gangland warfare that has racked Mexico. Gangsters from the so-called Pacific Cartel, including La Barbie, have fought criminal rivals and Mexican security forces for control of the city.

Michoacán officials say they have found no connection between the missing men and La Familia.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: acapulco; drugwars; mexico
Reason Number 18,564 on why you shuld not go to Mexico.
1 posted on 11/05/2010 7:08:05 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd
apparently were believed to be members of La Familia, Michoacán's homegrown mafia

the tourist

2 posted on 11/05/2010 7:10:47 AM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Responsibility2nd

And all those who partake of these disgusting drugs should hang your heads in shame. IMHO


3 posted on 11/05/2010 7:12:33 AM PDT by FES0844
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To: Responsibility2nd

I can think of so many reasons not to go to Mexico. Why would any sane American spend their time and money there?


4 posted on 11/05/2010 7:13:48 AM PDT by Bulldawg Fan (Victory is the last thing leftists and their fellow Defeatists want.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Is there a bigger cesspool than Mexico.....and our glorious leader does nothing to protect our border states!!!


5 posted on 11/05/2010 7:21:17 AM PDT by ontap
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To: Bulldawg Fan

Well it was a ‘status’ thing for a long time (imo). You know, “we’re going to Mexico for our vacation”. This may be judgemental, but I always found it sort of disgusting that people could shrug off the destitution of that country in order to have a ‘good time’. They are overall an impoverished nation and most likely within a short distance of these hedonistic resorts are people fighting for survival. Now...well now the violence is so bad why would anyone chance it.


6 posted on 11/05/2010 7:23:05 AM PDT by Outlaw Woman (No Compromise!)
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To: Bulldawg Fan
It used to be a great, inexpensive getaway.
Wife, son and I visited Ixtapa for a week on the Pacific coast just about every winter back in the 80s and 90s.

Good chow, nice drinks and courteous staff were the rule. Not sure I want to go back right now...

7 posted on 11/05/2010 7:26:02 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I’m glad I visited Acapulco in its heyday. Now there is absolutely no desire to return.

Apparently, there is a St. Valentine’s Day Massacre every week.


8 posted on 11/05/2010 7:27:35 AM PDT by DeFault User
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To: Responsibility2nd
Stop visiting Mexico!

Our president should be tossed out ASAP if he doesn't do something to secure our borders.

We should only allow a very small trickle of people in and out of Mexico even temporarily.

Don't let the crime come up North.

If Obama wants to have ANY chance of even running again in 2012, he needs to stop suing Arizona for trying to keep the crime and jobstealers out.

9 posted on 11/05/2010 7:30:59 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876 (Language, Borders, Culture, Full employment for those here legally)
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To: FES0844
And all those who partake of these disgusting drugs should hang your heads in shame. IMHO

No, you see, it's all the Mexicans' fault, just like illegal immigration is all the Mexicans' fault.

Pay no attention to those Americans up north waving fists full of dollars....

10 posted on 11/05/2010 7:32:03 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: Bulldawg Fan
I can think of so many reasons not to go to Mexico. Why would any sane American spend their time and money there?

Reasons to go to Mexico

1. Mexico City (70 degrees F year round)
2. Yucatan (Cancun, Cozumel, Mayan ruins)
3. Copper Canyon
4. Pacific Ocean
5. Carribean
6. Fishing

Just my own personal experience. But if you get easily paranoid, traveling to any foreign country is not recommended.
11 posted on 11/05/2010 7:32:51 AM PDT by bagadonutz
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To: Responsibility2nd
solved by thugs who detained the killers, posted their confessions on the Internet, then murdered them

"We are federales -- you know, mounted police."
"If you're the police, where are your badges?"
"Badges? We ain't got no badges. We don't need no badges! I don't have to show you any stinkin' badges!"

12 posted on 11/05/2010 7:42:35 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Responsibility2nd
President Obama should take his India trip with 34 warships to Mexico.
13 posted on 11/05/2010 7:45:45 AM PDT by 2001convSVT ("Repeal ObamaCare")
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To: zot

Cross Acapulco off the vacation list...


14 posted on 11/05/2010 7:51:26 AM PDT by Interesting Times (SwiftVets.com. WinterSoldier.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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To: ontap

Washington DC comes to mind.


15 posted on 11/05/2010 7:53:24 AM PDT by Paco
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To: Responsibility2nd

These cartels act just like Muzzies.


16 posted on 11/05/2010 7:54:52 AM PDT by dforest
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To: Responsibility2nd

“local and state police forces of directing the crime.”

What a lawless country!!


17 posted on 11/05/2010 7:57:11 AM PDT by doc
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To: bagadonutz
Reasons to go to Mexico

Let me add:

-The nicest people in this hemisphere

-The best food

-Mexican Coke

18 posted on 11/05/2010 7:57:47 AM PDT by Seven plus One
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To: Seven plus One
We went down to Huatulco when it built its second hotel. The place really was just hacked out of the jungle. We saw all kinds of exotic birds and lizards but other than laying around on the beach, there wasn't much to do.
We got a reservation for a couple of days in Oaxaca and flew up there on a DC 3 to experience “real Mexico.” We had a ball.
19 posted on 11/05/2010 8:02:29 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: Seven plus One
-Mexican Coke

I tried snorting it, but I found out that it tastes better if I just drink it.

20 posted on 11/05/2010 8:02:42 AM PDT by thesharkboy (<-- Looking for the silver lining in every cloud, since 1998)
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There’s safer places to go than Mexico, like Bahgdad.


21 posted on 11/05/2010 8:04:11 AM PDT by Gnomad
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To: ClearCase_guy
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22 posted on 11/05/2010 8:30:57 AM PDT by Inyo-Mono (Had God not driven man from the Garden of Eden the Sierra Club surely would have.)
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To: FES0844

drugs are cool don’t you know....they don’t “hurt” anybody right?


23 posted on 11/05/2010 11:09:06 AM PDT by cherry
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To: Interesting Times
Cross Acapulco off the vacation list...

Roger, that.

24 posted on 11/05/2010 2:55:30 PM PDT by zot
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To: cherry
cherry said: drugs are cool don’t you know....they don’t “hurt” anybody right?

Think we should outlaw alcohol again? Why not? It worked so well the first time.

25 posted on 11/05/2010 2:58:37 PM PDT by William Tell
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