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Murder, drug dealings, tourism police: Acapulco police force disarmed

Murder, drug dealings, tourism police: Acapulco police force disarmed

Acapulco had a Tourism Police force having a mandate to aid the most important industry of this Pacific coastal resort city in Mexico.

Not only the Tourism Police, but the entire Acapulco Police Force was disarmed by Federal Police as investigators look into suspicions that it has been infiltrated by drug gangs.

According to The Associated Press, officers “were stripped of their guns, radios and bullet-proof vests and taken for background checks. Law enforcement duties in the seaside city of 800,000 will be taken over by soldiers, marines and state police.”

The step was taken “because of suspicion that the force had probably been infiltrated by criminal groups.

Officials in Guerrero, the state where Acapulco is located on Mexico’s southwestern Pacific coast, also issued arrest warrants for two city police commanders accused of murder.

Guerrero is considered one of the most violent regions in Mexico, with criminal gangs overseeing the cultivation of poppies for the production of heroin.

Acapulco was once a glittering resort for foreign travelers and is now seen as “Mexico’s murder capital.”










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Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.