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Mexico Intelligence Report for July 2018

Date of Report: August 8, 2018

Overview

Based on crime numbers through June it is highly likely that 2018 will record the highest number of homicides in Mexican history. The Secretariado Ejecutivo del Sistema Nacional de Seguridad Pública (SESNSP) has reported 15,973 homicides from January to June. At this rate, we could see more than 31,000 homicides across Mexico for 2018. July was an exceptionally violent month in part due to the election: the first few days of the month were most troublesome. Political leaders and party activists were targeted with high frequency starting in April, and that continued through the first week of July. Numerous political candidates or party activists were killed or otherwise attacked. Also, ballot boxes were stolen from several election sites. A group of men entered a polling station and burned ballots in Chilchota, Michoacán. Assailants cut electrical power lines in an apparent attempt to frustrate voting near Tezonapa, Veracruz. Several men attempted to steal ballot boxes from another polling station in Coatzintla, Veracruz. A similar incident occurred in Minatitlán, Veracruz. Two people were injured when assailants attempted to steal ballot boxes from a polling station in Puebla, Puebla. Two groups attempting to steal ballots exchanged gunfire in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca. Another attempt at ballot theft occurred in Santa Lucía del Camino, Oaxaca. Fifteen people were injured when gunmen attacked a polling station in Santiago el Pinar, Chiapas. Several additional polling sites were vandalized across the country.

The number of kidnapping incidents reported by media across the country has also surged; mostly in Guanajuato, Oaxaca, Tamaulipas, and Veracruz. Hundreds of people were kidnapped and murdered. In most cases, the victims were individuals associated with drug sales as most of the violence in Mexico can be attributed to the conflict between major criminal organizations across the country.

Regional Patterns of the Conflict

  • Baja California – Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG) versus Tijuana Cartel
  • Chihuahua – Juárez Cartel versus Sinaloa Cartel
  • Colima – CJNG versus Sinaloa Cartel
  • Guanajuato – CJNG versus Cartel de Santa Rosa
  • Guerrero – Beltran-Leyva Cartel versus Los Viagra
  • Jalisco – CJNG versus La Nueva Raza
  • Michoacán – CJNG versus Los Viagra
  • Sinaloa – factions within the Sinaloa Cartel
  • Tamaulipas – Gulf Cartel versus Zetas
  • Veracruz – CJNG versus Zetas

Attacks against Governmental Authority

There were 70 attacks directed at governmental authorities reported this month. This figure does not include incidents directed at polling stations. Taken together, May, June, and July have recorded the highest number of attacks on authorities since early 2013. When compared to June, there was a significant drop in the number of assassinations of political and party leaders. Nevertheless, there were 11 assassinations during July. As previously mentioned, a significant number of these incidents were related to the elections. For example, the mayor (PRI) was assassinated in Tecalitlán, Jalisco. The mayor-elect was assassinated in Buenavista, Michoacán. A newly-elected city council member was assassinated in San Pedro Tlaquepaque, Jalisco. The president of the Consejo Municipal Electoral was assassinated in Oriental, Puebla. The regional coordinator of the Comité por la Defensa de los Derechos Indígenas (Codedi) was assassinated in San Pedro Pochutla, Oaxaca.

The former president of the Instituto de Transparencia y Acceso a la Información Pública (Itaigro) was assassinated in Tlapa de Comonfort, Guerrero. A regional leader of the Confederación de Trabajadores de México (CTM) was murdered in Tuxtepec, Oaxaca. The general secretary of the Sindical D-I-221 was gunned down in San Juan Guachicovi, Oaxaca. The director of the Centro de Ejecución de Sanciones (CEDES) of Nuevo Laredo was assassinated. The leader of a local workers’ union (Federación Autentica de Trabajadores del Estado de Veracruz, FATEV) was assassinated in Las Choapas, Veracruz. The comisariado ejidal was assassinated in San Miguel Chimalapa, Oaxaca.

Figure 1:  Attacks against Authorities by Month λ

Note: These figures should be considered minimum counts as numerous incidents are not reported by the media or government officials.

λ President Peña Nieto took office on December 1, 2012 (columns in red).

There were also numerous incidents which did not result in the death of the intended target. For example, a former mayoral candidate (Morena) was injured by gunmen in Taretan, Michoacán. The mayor-elect was kidnapped in Ciudad Mier, Tamaulipas. He was rescued from a vehicle at a police roadblock the following day. Gunmen attempted to kill a PRI party candidate for deputy in Chilapa de Álvarez, Guerrero. One of her bodyguards was injured during the attack. A Morena party activist was kidnapped in Ajuchitlán del Progreso, Guerrero. Assailants burned the home of a Morena party attorney in Oaxaca, Oaxaca. A fragmentation grenade was thrown at the offices of the Morena party in Zumpango, Edomex. A PRI party candidate was injured by gunmen in Martínez de la Torre, Veracruz. A prison official was kidnapped in Miguel Alemán, Tamaulipas. He was later released unharmed. Shots were fired at the home of the leader of the Unificación y Lucha Triqui (MULT) in Santa Lucia, Oaxaca. Shots were fired into the home of a former city council member in Hueyapan de Ocampo, Veracruz. His car was also destroyed by arson. A PRI party activist was assaulted by masked assailants in Minatitlán, Veracruz.

At least 42 police officers or military personnel were killed this month; a figure which is the second highest since April 2013. Three military patrols were attacked across Sonora and Tamaulipas (2 incidents). Two federal police patrols were attacked in Tamaulipas. A federal police officer was killed during an ambush in Reynosa. Sicarios (cartel gunmen) fired on several investigators with the Fiscalía Especializada en Investigación de los Delitos de Desaparición Forzada in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. The officials have been investigating the potential kidnappings of 35 people at the hands of marines during May. A similar attack on these investigators also occurred in June. Evidence suggests that Juan Gerardo Treviño Chávez “El Huevo,” the leader of the Zetas wants to impede the investigation.

Four state police patrols were attacked; each one resulting in law enforcement fatalities. These incidents occurred in Guanajuato, Sinaloa, and Tamaulipas (2 incidents). Three state police officers were killed in Jerécuaro, Guanajuato.

Six municipal police patrols were attacked in Chihuahua, Guerrero, Jalisco, Puebla (2 incidents), and Veracruz. Each of these attacks resulted in police fatalities. In one case, five municipal police officers were killed in an ambush in Huauchinango, Puebla. Three municipal police officers were killed, and two were injured during an attack in Huehuetlán El Grande, Puebla. Three municipal police were killed in an attack in Tezonapa, Veracruz.

There were numerous additional fatal incidents this month. For example, the mayor’s bodyguard was killed in Altotonga, Veracruz. A police commander was injured when gunmen dressed as soldiers attacked a police station in Bocoyna, Chihuahua. A state police investigator was injured during an ambush in Zimatlán de Lázaro Cárdenas, Oaxaca. The former chief of police for Ahome was gunned down in a restaurant in Los Mochis, Sinaloa. A state police officer was gunned down in Yautepec, Morelos. A federal police officer was murdered in Mariano Escobedo, Veracruz. Another 18 fatal attacks occurred in Chihuahua, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Jalisco, Mexico City, Oaxaca, Tabasco, Tamaulipas, and Veracruz. Also, gunshots were fired at a vehicle of the Confederación de Trabajadores de México (CTM) in Santa Lucía del Camino, Oaxaca.

The families of some government officials were also attacked. For example, the daughter of the director of the Instituto Jalisciense de Ciencias Forenses was reported missing in Tlajomulco de Zúñiga, Jalisco. The son of a police commander was decapitated in Irapuato, Guanajuato. The mayor’s brother-in-law was murdered in San Andrés Cholula, Puebla. The brother-in-law of a mayoral candidate was killed in Taxco de Alarcón, Guerrero.

There were also several attacks on the media. For example, the editor of the Playa News (newspaper) was murdered in Solidaridad, Quintana Roo. The director of the Encuesta Hoy was murdered in Delegacion Iztapalapa of Mexico City.

Geographic Pattern of Attacks

The attacks on governmental authorities occurred across 17 states (Baja California, Chihuahua, Colima, Edomex, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Jalisco, Mexico City, Michoacán, Morelos, Oaxaca, Puebla, Sinaloa, Sonora, Tabasco, Tamaulipas, and Veracruz). The number of states impacted was similar to most months of 2016 to present. The vast majority of these incidents occurred in Veracruz and Oaxaca.

Table 1: States Hit Hardest by Attacks on Authorities

State Number of Attacks
Veracruz 14
Oaxaca 12
Tamaulipas 11
Guerrero 5
Jalisco 5
Chihuahua 4

Progress?

Mexican authorities arrested four key leaders of the major criminal organizations this month. Two cartel leaders were also killed by authorities. Combined, these numbers are higher than the previous two months, and is similar to most months in 2017 and 2018. Of those captured was Jesús Contreras Arceo Canasto “El Canasto,” a key financial operative of the Cártel de Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG), who was arrested in Queretaro. Pedro Toga Lara “El Guacho,” the regional leader of the Zetas, was arrested in Saltillo, Coahuila. Andrés “El Pájaro,” a regional leader of the Beltrán-Leyva Cartel, was apprehended in La Paz, Baja California Sur. Furthermore, authorities killed “El Primito,” a regional leader of the Gulf Cartel, in a battle in Ciudad Camargo, Tamaulipas. The same fate met “El Toro” in Reynosa.

Corrupt government officials and law enforcement personnel were also apprehended and charged this month. For example, the mayor’s bodyguard was arrested on homicide charges in Uxpanapa, Veracruz. A Nueva Alianza mayoral candidate was arrested for possession of illegal firearms in Eduardo Neri, Guerrero. A Morena party activist was arrested for possession of an AR-15 and a Glock handgun in his vehicle in Martínez de la Torre, Veracruz. The mayor of San Salvador Huixcolotla was arrested for involvement in the murder of three police officers in Huehuetlán El Grande, Puebla. The mayor was arrested in the company of seven heavily armed gunmen. A municipal police officer was among seven suspects arrested for kidnapping in Casas Grandes, Chihuahua. Three municipal police officers were part of a kidnapping ring in Coacalco, Veracruz. Four municipal police officers were charged with kidnapping in Misantla and Yecuatla, Veracruz.

Authorities discovered rifles, narcotics, and anti-marine placards in a residence owned by an official with the Comité de Derechos Humanos (CDH) in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. The placards were recently used in a march “organized” by civilians to protest marine activities in the city. Authorities detained sons of the mayor of Cortazar, Guanajuato. They were traveling in a stolen vehicle and had an AR-15 and a handgun with them. Also, a police officer was injured by gunfire during an altercation between municipal and state police in Juchitán de Zaragoza, Oaxaca.

Finally, Mexican authorities seized weapons and munitions at six sites across Baja California, Nuevo León, Sonora, and Tamaulipas (3 sites). A large cache of weapons and munitions were seized following a battle in Arivechi, Sonora. The seizure included a home-made armored truck, an armored Chevrolet Silverado, eight fragmentation grenades, a 40-mm grenade launcher and round, a 50-caliber belt-fed machine gun, 2500 rounds of 50-caliber ammunition, and more than 1700 rounds of other rifle ammunition. Two dozen weapons were seized at a site in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas. A Barrett 50-caliber sniper rifle was seized in Matamoros, Tamaulipas. The site also contained more than one million dollars in U.S. cash. In a separate incident in Veracruz, seven million dollars were seized. Also, more than 100 new military uniforms were discovered on a ranch near Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas.

Street Battles (Enfrentamientos)

During July there were 48 battles between authorities and sicarios, or between rival criminal organizations. This number is similar to most months of 2017 and 2018. They occurred across 13 states; which is also on par with the previous year. These incidents occurred in Baja California, Chihuahua, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Jalisco, Michoacán, Oaxaca, Puebla, Sinaloa, Sonora, Tamaulipas, Tlaxcala, and Veracruz.

Some of these battles resulted in high numbers of causalities; including bystanders. For example, a major battle between authorities and sicarios occurred in a Walmart parking lot in Nuevo Laredo; resulting in five injured. The battle was of the rolling variety extending for several miles across the city. A passenger bus was also struck with six bullets as it passed the scene on its way to Monterrey. A woman was killed by a stray bullet in Tlajomulco de Zuniga, Jalisco. A man and woman were killed by stray bullets during a battle in Badiraguato, Sinaloa. An Uber driver was killed by stray gunfire during a battle in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora. Two bystanders were injured by gunfire during a battle in Veracruz.

Table 2: States Hit Hardest by Street Battles

State Number of Battles
Tamaulipas 19
Veracruz 11
Guanajuato 5
Jalisco 4

Hazardous Overland Travel

There were continued reports of highway travelers being targeted by criminals. For example, a man was injured by gunfire during a carjacking of his vehicle in Tuxpan, Veracruz. His female companion was kidnapped from the vehicle. A 6-year-old girl was shot and killed when gunmen attempted to carjack a vehicle she was traveling in El Higo, Veracruz. A 1-year-old baby was injured during an attempted carjacking in Uruapan, Michoacán. A woman was killed by shots fired into her vehicle as she traveled along Highway 140 near Paso de Ovejas, Veracruz. Armed attacks on cars were reported along Highway 150D near Puebla.

Several buses were also attacked. In one case, passengers were robbed on a bus traveling between Juchitán de Zaragoza and Unión Hidalgo, Oaxaca. Passengers were also robbed by several assailants on a bus along Highway 185 between Tehuantepec and Juchitán de Zaragoza, Oaxaca. One person was killed during a bus robbery on Highway 150D in Santa Maria Moyotzingo, Puebla.

Gunmen fired shots at a bus near the toll booth along Highway 145 in Loma Bonita, Oaxaca. A bus driver and his assistant were injured by gunmen on a bus in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz. A bus driver was attacked and beaten near Santa Cruz Xoxocotlán, Oaxaca. Also, six members of a bus robbing gang were apprehended in Puebla, Puebla.

Narcobloqueos (Illegal Street Blockades)

  • July 4 – Ciudad Camargo, Tamaulipas
  • July 18 – Reynosa, Tamaulipas
  • July 28 – Reynosa, Tamaulipas

Violence

According to the Secretariado Ejecutivo del Sistema Nacional de Seguridad Pública (SESNSP), the number of homicidios dolosos reported during May was 2890, while June fell to 2668. The data for July is not yet available, but it will likely occur somewhere between the previous two months. The vast majority of victims were those who had been kidnapped and murdered. Authorities encountered the remains of 339 victims in groups this month. These discoveries were located at 130 sites across 19 states (Baja California, Chihuahua, Edomex, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Jalisco, Mexico City, Michoacán, Morelos, Nuevo León, Oaxaca, Puebla, Quintana Roo, San Luis Potosí, Sinaloa, Tabasco, Tamaulipas, Veracruz, and Zacatecas). There was an especially high number of victims in Guanajuato. This is the second highest number of victims since 2013; exceeded only by May of 2018. The same pattern is true for the number of distinct sites (second highest number since 2013). The number of states was on par with the previous 12 months.

At least 53 of these victims had been decapitated or dismembered. Most of these cases were in Guanajuato and Veracruz. A body was also hung from a bridge along Highway 134 in Naucalpan, Edomex. A body was hung from a bridge in Tijuana. Authorities detained two individuals as they were dragging a body with a truck through the streets of Cancún. A search of the area found two more bodies tied-up with the same cordage. A victim’s heart was removed in Huimanguillo, Tabasco. Police also discovered a torture and execution facility in a residence in Delegación Azcapotzalco of Mexico City. They rescued two injured kidnap victims from the site. The facility was likely used to interrogate rival narcomenudistas (street drug vendors) and sicarios.

Other victims were those who were gunned down near/in their homes. In some cases, additional family members were killed; including women and children. For example, six people were killed by assailants inside their home in Aquiles Serdán, Chihuahua. Gunmen stormed a residence and killed a man and a 1-year-old baby in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua. Gunmen executed a man and his 14-year-old son in a small store in Villahermosa, Tabasco. Four people were killed inside a home in Tarimoro, Guanajuato. This incident was one of the many attacks that occurred on July 28 across ten municipios of central Guanajuato; resulting in 28 fatalities. Two people were killed when gunmen attacked a small rural community in Amoltepec, Oaxaca.

Also, numerous women were specifically targeted. Media reports indicate that 91 women were killed under these circumstances this month across 19 states. For example, a woman was killed when shots were fired into a taxi in which she was traveling in Coatzacoalcos. The bodies of two women were found in the trunk of a taxi in Chilpancingo, Guerrero.

Over the last few months, there has been a steady increase in fatalities associated with attacks on public venues. This month 86 people were killed in 49 separate attacks across 15 states (Baja California, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Jalisco, Mexico City, Michoacán, Nuevo León, Oaxaca, Quintana Roo, Sinaloa, Sonora, Tabasco, Tamaulipas, Veracruz, and Zacatecas). These attacks were launched on public venues such as restaurants, bars, small stores, and public events. Seven people were killed, and ten were injured during an attack on a funeral in Uruapan, Michoacán. Six people were killed, and 16 were injured when gunmen attacked a funeral service in Fresnillo, Zacatecas. Seven people were killed when gunmen attacked a party in Tlaquepaque, Jalisco. Two police officers were killed when assailants opened fire on bar patrons in Puerto Juárez, Quintana Roo. Three additional people were killed in the attack. Two people were killed, and five were injured when assailants attacked a bus depot in Chilpancingo, Guerrero. Another bus driver was executed in the same city. A few days’ later gunmen forced passengers from a bus, killed the driver, and set the vehicle on fire in nearby Tixtla. As a result of these and other attacks, public transportation companies suspended routes between Chilpancingo and Chilapa. An American woman was killed by stray gunfire when assailants attempted to kill another individual in a restaurant in the Lomas de Chapultepec neighborhood of Mexico City.

Other victims this month include an attorney who was gunned down by assailants in a shopping center parking lot in Cajeme, Sonora. A dentist was murdered in his clinic in Culiacán. The body of a Pemex attorney was found in a mass grave in Moloacán, Veracruz. A prominent businessman was murdered in Teapa, Tabasco. Another prominent businessman was gunned down in Tuxpan, Veracruz. A businessman was gunned down in Chilpancingo. An evangelical pastor was murdered in Cortazar, Guanajuato. A mototortillero (tortilla delivery driver) was intercepted and killed in Coatzintla, Veracruz. A man was killed when shots were fired into his vehicle as he left a Home Depot in Celaya, Guanajuato. A teacher was kidnapped and murdered in Apaxco, Edomex. An assailant shot a college student eight times on the campus of the Universidad Interamericana para el Desarrollo (UNID) in Cancún, Quintana Roo.

At least 15 taxi drivers were also killed this month. These incidents occurred in Guanajuato, Guerrero, Jalisco, Morelos, Oaxaca (4 killed), and Veracruz (7 killed). Bus drivers were murdered in Guanajuato and Veracruz.

Selected Vigilante Incidents

  • July 1 – residents attempted to lynch an accused pedophile in Oaxaca, Oaxaca. He was rescued by police.
  • July 2 – residents detained an accused thief in Veracruz, Veracruz.
  • July 2 – residents detained an armed robber who had killed a shopkeeper in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz.
  • July 4 – four accused kidnappers were stripped and beaten by residents in Chinameca, Veracruz.
  • July 7 – vendors detained an accused thief at the Central de Abastos in Oaxaca, Oaxaca.
  • July 8- residents detained an accused thief in Cuitláhuac, Veracruz.
  • July 10 – two accused thieves were detained and beaten by residents in Oaxaca, Oaxaca.
  • July 13 – residents stripped and beat an accused child molester in Uxpanapa, Veracruz.
  • July 13 – residents detained an accused thief in Oaxaca, Oaxaca.
  • July 14 – residents detained two accused thieves in Oaxaca, Oaxaca.
  • July 16 – residents detained an accused residential burglar in Oaxaca, Oaxaca.
  • July 18 – the strangled body of an accused child molester was discovered on a street in Altamira, Tamaulipas.
  • July 20 – residents detained an accused thief in Altamira, Tamaulipas.
  • July 20 – several autodefensa groups announced their formation in the communities of Atlatlahucan, Tlalnepantla, and Yautepec (all in Morelos).
  • July 21 – taxi drivers detained two accused robbers in Nanchital, Veracruz.
  • July 21 – residents beat an accused thief in San Pedro Ixtlahuaca, Oaxaca.
  • July 21 – an autodefensa group formed in Aquila, Michoacán.
  • July 24 – the bodies of three accused robbers were discovered hanging from a tree in Macuspana, Tabasco. Authorities reported that angry residents hung the individuals.
  • July 24 – residents beat an accused thief in Delegación Iztapalapa of Mexico City.
  • July 25 – an accused thief was detained by residents in Villa Allende, Veracruz.
  • July 27 – residents attempted to lynch two accused assailants in Praxedis Guerrero, Veracruz.
  • July 29 – residents detained an accused vehicle thief in Oaxaca, Oaxaca.

Extortion, Kidnapping, and Armed Robbery

Extortion

There were 22 extortion-related incidents that resulted in fatalities this month, resulting in 34 fatalities. This is the second highest number of incidents since June 2017. However, it is the highest number of fatalities since 2010. These incidents occurred in 13 states (Baja California, Chihuahua, Edomex, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Hidalgo, Jalisco,

Mexico City, Michoacán, Nuevo León, Oaxaca, Tamaulipas, and Veracruz). Among the victims were the owners or employees of bars, small stores, and repair shops. Indeed, within a period of a few hours, gunmen attacked five different bars in the Monterrey area; killing 12 people and injuring nine others. Also, due to extortion demands, Grupo Bimbo announced they would no longer be distributing Marinela products in several sectors of Acapulco.

Thousands of businesses and individuals are subjected to extortion demands each year. In some cases, the victims are pressured publicly as well as in person. The following is an excerpt from a threatening message from the local Zetas leader in Martínez de la Torre and adjacent areas of Veracruz.

La Siguiente Lista de Gente Que Si No Pagan les Damos Piso. Vamos por Ustedes. Cooperan o se los Carga la v%#&ga.

Doctor Vargas, Doctor Pérez Sosa, Doctor Mendez Mahe, Doctor Rodrigo Zamora, Ingeniero Saul Rdgz, El Miniautos, Tortilleria Favorita, Gordo Del Tacodromo, Pollo Murrieta, Miguel Ortega, Popo Aramburo, Arquitecto Beltran, Hermanos Murrieta, y Familia Melgarejo

Nosotros No Andamos con Ma#%&das, o Pagan o les Damos Piso

Kidnapping

Mexican authorities reported the disruption of 6 kidnapping rings this month; a figure which is slightly higher than June, but it is still on par with the last 12 months. These groups were operating in Chihuahua, Tabasco, Tamaulipas (2 groups), and Veracruz (2 groups). A police operation in Tabasco resulted in the rescue of one victim and the arrest of 12 individuals. Three kidnappers were killed by state police during one of the incidents in Reynosa.

Kidnap victims were also rescued in several additional incidents. In one case, state police rescued a businessman who had been kidnapped in Cuitláhuac, Veracruz. Another victim was rescued by state police in Ixtlahuaca, Edoméx. A teenage girl was rescued by state police and the army in Tuxpan, Veracruz. State police rescued a 20-year-old woman in Tihuatlán, Veracruz. She had been kidnapped from inside an Oxxo store a few days earlier in Tuxpan, Veracruz. Police intercepted a vehicle transporting a kidnapped woman in Tijuana.

There were also several failed kidnappings reported this month. In one case, a merchant marine captain was able to prevent the kidnapping of his granddaughter from their vehicle in Tuxpan, Veracruz. Seven assailants attempted to kidnap the owner of an automobile business in Guadalupe, Nuevo León. The intended victim shot and killed one of the attackers. Assailants attempted to kidnap a Pemex worker in the parking lot of a shopping center in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz. A nearby police officer was able to frustrate the kidnapping. In contrast, a woman was killed while attempting to prevent the kidnapping of her husband in Coatzacoalcos. A man was run over and killed during an attempted kidnapping in Coatzacoalcos.

In other cases, the condition and whereabouts of the kidnap victim remains unknown. For example, an attorney and his spouse were kidnapped in Coatzacoalcos. Another attorney was kidnapped a few days later in Coatzacoalcos. Two paramedics, a patient, and another individual were kidnapped from an ambulance on Highway 131 near Nochistlán de Mejía, Zacatecas. The ambulance was destroyed by arson. A hospital administrator was kidnapped while dining in Coatzacoalcos. A physician was kidnapped in Veracruz. A school teacher was kidnapped in Catemaco, Veracruz. Another school teacher was kidnapped in Acayucan, Veracruz. Several gunmen kidnapped a U.S. citizen from a bar in Monterrey, Nuevo León. A Pemex worker was kidnapped in Agua Dulce, Veracruz.

Another Pemex employee was reported missing in Minatitlan, Veracruz. A truck driver was kidnapped in Nanchital, Veracruz. A commercial citrus farmer was kidnapped in Cuitláhuac, Veracruz.

There were also several reports of kidnap victims being killed by their captors. For example, an employee of the Cuatotolapan sugar mill was kidnapped and ultimately murdered in Veracruz. A Pemex worker and his wife were kidnapped and murdered in Coatzacoalcos. Also, the body of a Mennonite businessman who was kidnapped several months ago was discovered in July in Cuauhtémoc, Chihuahua.

Finally, at least two dozen women or girls were reported kidnapped. For example, a woman was kidnapped, raped, and murdered in Texmelucan, Puebla. A 17-year-old girl was kidnapped and murdered in Chilpancingo, Guerrero. Two young women were kidnapped in Acayucan, Veracruz. An 8-year-old girl was kidnapped and murdered in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. A 17-year-old girl was kidnapped and murdered in Chalco, Edomex. Her parents had apparently paid a ransom. Two teenage girls were kidnapped and murdered in Buenavista, Michoacán. A girl was kidnapped outside a store in Guadalupe, Zacatecas. Her body was found a few days later. A young woman was sexually assaulted and murdered in Santa Maria del Río, San Luis Potosí. Several men kidnapped a woman from a taqueria in Córdoba, Veracruz. A woman was kidnapped and murdered in Xonacatlán, Edomex. A 17-year-old girl was kidnapped in Coatzacoalcos. There were also numerous cases of teenage girls being reported missing in central Veracruz.

Armed Robbery

Armed robbery was widespread this month. Trucks transporting cargo were robbed in Veracruz and several other states. Gunmen attempted to rob a Corona beer truck in Veracruz, Veracruz. A Marinela truck was robbed in Las Flores, San Luis Potosí. A bottled gas truck driver was intercepted and killed while on a delivery route in Huatusco, Veracruz. A truck driver was injured during an attempted cargo robbery on Highway 180 near Coatzacoalcos. A delivery truck was intercepted and robbed near Acatzingo, Puebla. Authorities recovered two stolen shipping containers in Manlio Fabio Altamirano, Veracruz. A stolen trailer with clothing and shoes was recovered in Córdoba, Veracruz. There was also an attempted train robbery near the Puebla-Tlaxcala line.

Numerous large stores were robbed across several states; mostly in Veracruz. A customer was killed, and two were injured when gunmen robbed a Coppel store in Tierra Blanca, Veracruz. Gunmen robbed patrons at the California Dancing Club in Delegación Tlalpan of Mexico City. They also stole six vehicles from the site. Numerous banks were robbed in Michoacán and Veracruz. A security guard was killed, and two were injured during an attack on an armored truck as it traveled along Highway Siglo XXI near Múgica, Michoacán. A woman was injured by gunmen during a bank robbery in Coatzacoalcos. Perhaps, more importantly, bank customers continue to be robbed with high frequency. These incidents occurred in Guanajuato, Oaxaca, and at least six locations in Veracruz.

Finally, several gunmen entered the offices of the Morena party and robbed computer equipment in Ensenada, Baja California. Assailants overpowered local police guarding the residence of the mayor and stolen the funds for payment of municipal workers in Ciudad Ixtepec, Oaxaca.

Attacks on Authorities (July 2018)

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