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Mexican Drug Wars Continue as Violence Spreads

While Acapulco is known as a prime vacation destination viewed as far from the drug violence of Mexico, the picture is changing. According to a recent AP report, five men playing soccer in a field near a coast resort in Acapulco were shot to death.

Officials are unclear as to why the men were playing soccer so early in the morning, although it is not uncommon for citizens to wait until night to compete to avoid the heat and humidity that lingers during the day in the region of Guerrero state.

The victims had been playing the hamlet of Xaltianguis on the northern outskirts of Acapulco. There has been no immediate information on the possible motive for the attack, although the area around Acapulco has been a reluctant player in recent months in the bloody turf war between rival factions of the Beltran Leyva drug cartel.

In April, Mexican soldiers seized an arsenal of 31 mostly gold- or silver-plated, diamond-encrusted pistols believed to belong to the Valencia gang, members of which are allies of the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel.

On the southern Pacific coast of Mexico, the country’s navy announced a significant drug haul in a Mexican fishing boat. The five-member crew had been captured while transporting nearly 5,300 pounds of cocaine.

Authorities detained a 78-pound boat on April 27 in international waters as a result of information from U.S. officials. Hidden in the compartments in the boat’s fuel tanks, authorities found 105 bales of cocaine.

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