Mexican authorities capture Cártel del Pacífico leader in Acapulco

The Mexican Attorney General's Office (PRG) confirmed on 29 November 2016 the capture of Cártel del Pacífico leader Vicente Rufino Carrillo Salmerón in Acapulco, Guerrero (Zocalo). Mexican Criminal Investigation Agency Head Omar García Harfuch noted Carrillo Salmerón controlled drug and arms trade in Guerrero and Oaxaca and was a major player in Guerrero's wave of violence, especially in the Acapulco area (El Universal and Zocalo). Carrillo Salmerón is also linked to the April 2010 murder of Guerrero Partido de Trabajo leader Rey Hernández García as well as several other homicides involving police forces and government officials. Carrillo Salmerón was listed as one of 122 'high priority' targets when President Enrique Peña Nieto assumed office in 2012 and was also one of the top 50 targets for the Guerrero state security strategy (El Universal).

Mexican states of Tabasco and Guerrero take tops spots list for business insecurity

According to the 2016 National Survey of Business Victimization in Mexico carried out by the National Institute of Statistics and Geography, seven out of ten Mexican companies perceive the state they operate in to be unsafe (Expansion). Tabasco topped the list with 94.2 percent of respondents who thought the state was unsafe to carry out basic operations such as transporting products on highways or performing banking operations. Guerrero ranked second to last with 91.4 percent feeling insecure due to the frequency of crimes such as murders, kidnappings, and extortions. The perception of insecurity by businesses also surpasses 80 percent in the State of Mexico, Morelos, Tamaulipas, Veracruz, and Zacatecas (Expansion). The survey reported during 2015, 4.5 million Mexican businesses were victims of a crime, translating to a 35.5 percent of total all companies (El Semanario).

Wave of violence in Mexican state of Guerrero

Vanguardia reported on 21 November 2016 the Mexican state of Guerrero experienced over 25 violent deaths in the in a short period between 19 and 20 November 2016. Police recovered the dismembered bodies of at least eight men in the municipality of Tixtla with the tortured remains being discovered in black bags scattered near the edge of a bridge (La Opinion). The finding came after authorities in Acapulco reported nine deaths, including two off duty Navy personnel, presumably related to organized crime. Authorities also reported five further homicides in three separate incidents in Acapulco and an additional five were found executed (Vanguardia). Authorities have indicated a spike in violence and cartel disputes over territory may stem the 18 November capture of Benito Escalante alias El Benny, alleged top hitman of the Los Beltrán Leyva cartel (El Universal and La Opinion). Due to the sudden increase in violence, Guerrero Governor Héctor Astudillo Flores announced security would be reinforced in high criminal activity zones (Noticias Acapulco).